Answered By: Law Library Staff Team
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2019     Views: 3

Neutral citation, e.g. [2019] EWCA Civ 44, is a court-assigned reference number for a judgment in a common law jurisdiction.

A typical neutral citation is composed of a year, jurisdiction and court, and a unique case number. There may also be a court division or list noted.

For example: [2015] EWCA Civ 17

Neutral citation was first introduced in 2001 and has now been adopted more widely. The ICLR (Incorporated Council of Law Reporting) summarises neutral citation here:

Most cases have a traditional or standard mode of citation, e.g. [2016] QB 23, and can be located on the Law Library shelves. Both standard citation and neutral citation can be used to search for a case within our legal databases.


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