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Holmesglen Harvard Referencing Guide

Legal cases format


Holmesglen students are expected to locate their legal cases from the AustLII database. The AustLII Style Guide for Citing Legal Materials (1999) was consulted in the making of this section.


Reference elements

annotated reference example for a legal case


In-text citation

Format Example

[Name of Case Year]


Name of Case [Year]

... was used as evidence at the trial [McKell v The Queen 2019].


In the case of McKell v The Queen [2019], '... judicial balance...'.



Format Example

Name of Case [Year] Unique Court Identifier Judgement Number.

McKell v The Queen [2019] HCA 5.

Finding the information for referencing

From the AustLII (Australasian Legal Information Institute) database


example of a legal case from the AustLii database