Acts of Parliament

APA format does not provide a specific style relevant to acts of parliament outside the United States. The following method is recommended by Massey University in New Zealand and will be sufficient for most work.

The citation in your text will be

(Mental Health (Scotland) Act, 2015)

or, if you have quoted directly, the section number

(Mental Health (Scotland) Act, 2015, s. 2)

If you have used the name of the act, including the year, in your sentence then no citation will be required, eg

The Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 suggests that ...

or, if you wish to refer to a specific section,

Section 2 of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 states that ...

Reference list/bibliography:

Mental Health (Scotland) Act. (1995). Retrieved from

If there is an Act number, as in the following example, include that also:

Resource Management Act, No. 69. (1991). Retrieved from