Answered By: Kathryn Devine
Last Updated: Nov 22, 2019     Views: 150

A neutral citation is a unique identifier allocated by HM Courts and Tribunals Service to the judgment in a legal case. They are different to most citations in that they do not refer to to a specific report of the case, but rather are linked only to the judgment, and to the court in which the case was heard. They are helpful in locating cases online. 

In OSCOLA, the neutral citation should be included in your referencing whenever available. 

The Inner Temple library has a helpful Guide to Neutral Citations which offers more detail on the format of neutral citations and the courts in which they are used.