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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 https://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/from/decisions/judgments

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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