Legal resources are often categorised into primary and secondary sources of law. Primary sources are the decisions of courts (case law) and the Acts of Parliament (legislation). Secondary sources of law comprise the indexes, digests and commentaries on the law, including texts, encyclopaedias, government reports and journals.
Legal Citations and Style Guides
The University of Adelaide Law School has adopted the AGLC (Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed) published May 2010 by Melbourne University Law Review Association , as the citation standard for all written submissions within the Law School. The Guide aims to provide a uniform standard of legal citation.
The AGLC 3rd edition can be downloaded here (for viewing only). This version is identical to that sent to the printerd version, with the exception that the appendix of legal abbreviations and the tables of medium neutral unique court identifiers and pinpoint abbreviations have been omitted.
Print copies of the 3rd edition ( 2010), are available for loan from Law Reserve. They can also be bought from UniBooks.
Other sources on legal referencing:
Anita Stuhmcke, Legal Referencing, 3rd ed. (2005). Law Library Reference, K114 S33l.3. Another copy in Law Books collection.
For definitions of legal abbreviations (abbreviations of law journals, reports and treatises), the following guides are available.
Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary – Refer to Table of Abbreviations
Monash University Library, Abbreviations of legal publications
Or, some simple print methods include checking:
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Kavass, Igor. World dictionary of legal abbreviations (updated).
Prince, M. Dictionary of legal citations, 7th ed. (2006)
Raistrick, D. Index to legal citations and abbreviations, 3rd ed. (2008)