The U.K. Parliament creates law in the form of legislation.
In the U.K. there are two main types of legislation:
Use the Legislation search in LexisLibrary and/or Westlaw UK to find current, updated versions of U.K. Acts and Statutory Instruments. They also provide annotations and extra information.
It is important to know if you need to look for the amended (the law as it currently stands) or unamended version of an Act. In LexisLibrary you have the option to search the current version or an historical version.
Search by the title of the Act with the year e.g. "The Childcare Act 2006".
Use Halsbury's Statutes. This is a multi-volume work arranged by broad subject area. It includes statutes as amended and annotated with a looseleaf updating service.
This is located at J340 on the second floor of Middlesbrough Campus Library.
See below for a short video from Manchester Metropolitan University on using Halsbury's Statutes.
This is a 9 minute video introducing how to use legislation from the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. Most of the information covered is also relevant to Teesside University.
It covers searching in Westlaw UK, LexisLibrary and using Halsbury's Laws of England
Refer to OSCOLA - Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities
Cite an Act by its short-title and year (do not use ‘popular’ titles for an Act).
Human Rights Act 1998, s 15(1)(b)
Cite a Bill by its title, the House in which it originated, the Parliamentary session in brackets and the running number assigned to it.
Statutory Instruments (orders, regulations or rules) are numbered consecutively throughout the year. The year combines with the serial number to provide an SI number that follows the abbreviation 'SI'.