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3.2.2 Neutral citation

(a) Insert if available

If the case being reported has an official neutral citation, include this after the case name. For information about when the various New Zealand courts and tribunals adopted neutral citations, see rules 3.3.3(b) and 3.3.3(c).

Eg R v Fonotia [2007] NZCA 188, [2007] 3 NZLR 338 at [29].

When reporting earlier decisions without official neutral citations, this information cannot be included. Some earlier decisions have been given what look like neutral citations by the New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII), available at <www.nzlii.org>. These are not official and should not be used.

Eg Commerce Commission v Telecom Mobile Ltd [2006] 1 NZLR 190 (CA).

NOT Commerce Commission v Telecom Mobile Ltd [2005] NZCA 218, [2006] 1 NZLR 190.

If a case has an official neutral citation, it is usually included on the first page of the printed report.

(b) Format

Give the neutral citation in accordance with rule 3.3.

(c) Comma

Separate the neutral citation and the reported citation with a comma.

Eg Chief Executive of Department of Labour v Yadegary [2008] NZCA 295, [2009] 2 NZLR 495.

Where a footnote includes reference to multiple cases, separate each case with a semicolon.

Eg 10 Premium Real Estate Ltd v Stevens [2009] NZSC 15, [2009] 2 NZLR
384 at [32]; and Chirnside v Fay [2006] NZSC 68, [2007] 1 NZLR 433.

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