This page provides examples of the most commonly used legal and legislative references and in-text citations in APA Style. The information comes from Chapter 11 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. Refer to this source for all examples of legal and legislative citations.
Note about References: Remember for all references, especially legal references, make sure your references are accurate and contain all of the information that will enable your readers to access the referenced work.
Note about in-text citations: In-text citations for legal or legislative sources differ from other sources as these reference sources begin with the title of the work., not the author. Therefore, in-text citations should include the title and year. (Ex: Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990).
The title or name of a case is written in standard type in the reference and in italic type in the in-text citation.
For cases that have not been assigned a page number, include three underscores instead.
Codified in the Title 20 of the United States Code in section 6301 in 2015.
Use the Public Law Number when the act is codified in scattered sections of the United States Code.
Bills and resolutions that have been passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president become law and should be cited as statutes.
For unenacted bills and reports, the number should be preceded by H.R. (House of Representatives) or S. (Senate).
Executive orders are reported in Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations, always include 3 C.R.F. in the reference.