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OSCOLA referencing guide (Online): Parts of Statutes

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Parts of a Statute

When you are creating a footnote to a specific part of a Statute, you use abbreviations for the relevant part: s or ss for section or sections, Pt (Part) or Sch and para (schedule and paragraph). You may also need sub-s or sub-ss for subsection and subsections or subpara for subparagraphs.

Format: Short Title year,  s section number(subsection)(paragraph)

Remember to leave a space between the 's' and the section number. There are no spaces after the section number, additional information is given in bracket. See examples below.

Examples: Human Rights Act 1998, s 15(1)(b).

Civil Partnership Act 2004 sch 5

If all the required information to create a footnote is included when referring to a Statute in the text, a footnote is not required.

There is no difference in format between the footnote reference and the bibliography for this type of reference. The bibliography entry should refer only to the whole Statute, rather than specific elements.