The Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd edition (AGLC3) is a footnote citation style specifically designed to identify legal sources. It does not deal with legal style or writing skills. AGLC3 consists of:
AGLC3 is medium neutral, that is, there is no need to include the online reference to a case, act, article, book or other source of legal information unless it is not available in print and solely published online.
How to use AGLC3 effectively:
References in the Body of Your Paper
Superscript numbers with corresponding footnotes should be used whenever information or ideas from sources are discussed. Sources such as legislation, cases, books, journals, reports, newspapers, interviews, radio, television and information from the Internet must be acknowledged in text and detailed in footnotes.
Footnotes are also used to provide extra information that is not appropriate to include in the body of the text. Additionally, they are used to back up an argument as well as to acknowledge a source that has contributed to an argument.
The superscript number should be placed at the end of the portion of text to which the corresponding footnote refers. The number should appear after any relevant punctuation (such as a full stop or a comma).
To create Footnotes:
The keyboard shortcut for inserting a footnote is Alt+Ctrl+F.
A bibliography must list all sources that were used, not only those referred to in the text and footnotes. Sources should be listed alphabetically under each heading. Full stops should not follow the citation.AGLC3 recommends dividing your bibliography into the following:
A. Articles/Books/Reports: Where there is one author, the author's first name and surname should be inverted and separated by a comma. When there are two or more authors, only the first author's name and surname should be inverted.
B. Cases: Use only surnames, only cite the first plaintiff and defendant. Do not use '& Anor' or '& Ors.' Do not include punctuation in abbreviations. A reported version of a case should always be cited in preference to an unreported version. Authorised report series should be used when available. Generalist (unauthorised) report series should be cited in preference to subject specific (unauthorised) report series.
C. Legislation: Cite the short title of the Act and the year in which the Act was originally passed in italics. Citations of an Act refer to that Act as amended (and consolidated). Do not italicise the title and year of a bill.
D. Treaties: A citation of a treaty should include the treaty title in italics as it appears on the first page of the treaty. For multilateral treaties with more than three signatories, the names of states parties should not be included after the title.
E. Other: See the complete guide for material covered by this division, which includes Law Reform Commission Reports, Legal Encyclopedias, Looseleaf services, Government documents, such as Parliamentary Debates and Theses. It also covers Internet Materials.
See the tab on the left for an example of an AGLC3 Bibliography.
This guide is a summary dealing with the most highly used sources by law students. The complete version of AGLC3 should be referred to by law students where they are unsure of the correct citation of a source.