This system has been in use since 2001 by the High Court and the Court of Appeal, becoming a standard for all UK courts. This system does not distinguish between print and online media.
It follows the convention below:
Year | Court Name | Division (optional) | Case Number
|United Kingdom||England and Wales|
|Supreme Court (UKSC)||Court of Appeal Civil Div. (EWCA Civ)|
|House of Lords (UKHL)||Court of Appeal Crim Div. (EWCA Crim)|
|Privy Council (UKPC)||High Court Chancery Div. (EWHC Ch)|
|High Court Queen's Bench Div. (EWHC QB)|
|High Court Family Div. (EWHC Fam)|
 EWCA Civ 1288
Hierarchy of Law Reports
A Practice Direction on the citation of authorities, issued in 2012, sets out the hierarchy for the majority of authoritative law reports that could be referenced.
If a case is not cited in any of the previous series, all other reports may be considered.
Example citation of UK Case Law:
Referring to a specific part of a statute
When referring to a specific part, section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph or schedule you will need to add the relevant specific details to your citation. See below table:
Data Protection Act 1998, s 47(2)(a)
For statutory instruments add:
The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/1322
EU legislation will be either a primary or a secondary/subsidiary source.
Primary sources, such as EU treaties and protocols, use the following convention:
Consolidated Version of the Treaty on European Union  OJ C326/13
Secondary/subsidiary sources, such as regulations, directives, recommendations and opinions use the following convention:
Legislation title | number title | [year] | OJ L | issue/first page
Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 October 2013 laying down the Union Customs Code  OJ L 269/1
For both Judgments of the European Court of Justice and the General Court, the following convention should be used.
case number | case name | [year] | report abbreviation
Case T-239/00 SCI UK Ltd v Commission of the European Communities  ECR II-2960
For judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the following convention should be used:
You may cite from any of the below:
Piermont v France (1995) 20 EHRR 301
Cases from foreign jurisdictions
Always cite cases from other jurisdictions as they are cited in their own jurisdiction but with minimal punctuation.
Legislation from foreign jurisdictions
Always cite foreign legislation as cited in its own jurisdiction but without any full stops in the abbreviations. Appendix 4.3 in the official OSCOLA guide contains details on how to cite sources.