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- in each jurisdiction, the court should be referred to in parentheses
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or otherwise best, citation should be given (together with any neutral
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- footnotes (not endnotes) should be used. Latin phrases ('supra',
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- citation of sources should always appear in footnotes. Books should be
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Publishing Oxford 1997) 15. Sources from periodicals should be cited as
follows (example): P Birks 'Three Kinds of Objection to Discretionary
Remedialism' (2000) 29 U of Western Australia L Rev 1, 1-2.
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