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APA 7th Edition Referencing Guide1

A Wintec Library guide to referencing in APA 7th edition style

Referencing legal cases

Guidelines for referencing legal cases:

  • Include the names of the parties involved in the case—e.g., Smith v Jones
  • Give the date of the case in square brackets—e.g., [2017]
  • Provide the New Zealand Law Report (NZLR) or court case number. 
  • When referencing a case from the Courts of New Zealand website, include a retrieval date as the information is held publicly for 28 days only.

‚ÄčFor example:

Reference list entries

Crown v Thompson [2013] NZLR 617.

Milner v R [2014] NZCA 366. Retrieved August 1, 2014, from

Note the absence of punctuation after the case title and date, and the use of square brackets, which differs from usual APA style.


In-text citations

Use the name of the case in italics and give the date in square brackets. For example:

In-text citations
From the case Crown v Thompson [2013], we can see that this is not always problematic.

In-text citations
Earlier this year Helen Milner was convicted of murdering her husband (Milner v R, [2014]).
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