Parallel citation: a citation reference to the same case printed in two or more different reporters reporter : a series of books containing a collection of court decisions designated for publication by a court and arranged in chronological order. The basics of legal citation including citation styles bluebook and alwd. Reading a legal citation basic format most legal citations consist of three parts: include a legal citation indicating where the decision is found in a specific reporter example: pacific reporter (west) cal rptr cal rptr 2d (etc) 47 cal rptr 3d 467 california supreme and. A aba journal aba j academ[ic, y] acad account [ant, ants, ing, ancy] acct administrat[ive, or, ion] admin administrative law journal. Currently viewing version 20 index a b c d e f g-h i j-k l m n o p q-r s t u v-w-x-y-z show all.
The pacific reporter, pacific reporter second, and pacific reporter third are united states regional case law reportersit is part of the national reporter system created by john b west for west publishing company, which is now part of thomson west. This is a brief introduction designed for beginning first year law students on how to read a legal citation. A guide to the bluebook prof davlantes lp-i week 4 navigating the bluebook citation of american case law united states is the only federal court to officially report its cases this reporter is the united states reports (us) • the bluebook requires citation only to the official report.
Bluebook rule (20th): 12 if possible, statutory citations should always be to the current, official code for that jurisdiction if a current official code does not exist, as is the case for many states, a citation to a current, unofficial code is preferred. Citus legalus is an automated bluebook citation generator for lazy law students. A citation to an appellate opinion in the pacific reporter could look like this: smith v jones , 45 p3d 1237, 1254 (colo 2012) under the new format, a citation to a supreme court. Table of frequently used legal abbreviations, the title of the resource to which the abbreviation refers, and the content of the resource.
A handbook of citation form for law clerks at the appellate courts references to the bluebook ’s rules, blue pages, tables, and blue-page volumes 1 through 75, including a parallel citation to the pacific reporter, if available (ie, affects cases after 1959 and involve volumes 44 through 75. Office of reporter of decisions style sheet effective july 03, 2018, and subject to revision general principles the twentieth edition of the bluebook: a uniform system of citation is the basic citation resource for washington appellate court opinions except as noted below the latest edition of the chicago manual of style is the authority for punctuation and style matters. If a case is published in a reporter, the bluebook prescribes which reporter is the preferred one to cite (table 1) for more on reporters, see our case law research guide or watch anatomy of a case, case citation, and the case law reporter system in our case law research tutorial (on the right. Bluebook abbreviations of law reviews & legal periodicals indexed in cilp this page provides bluebook ( a uniform system of citation , 19th ed, 2010) abbreviations for journals that are indexed in the current index to legal periodicals. A self-represented litigant may cite an opinion of the supreme court or the court of appeals using either the official citation, a citation to the new mexico reports, or a citation to the pacific reporter the self-represented litigant’s use of any parallel citation is discretionary.
Index a b c d e f g-h i j-k l m n o p q-r s t u v-w-x-y-z show all california sources of law, t1 canada sources of national law, t2 treaty source, t2. The bluebook, the alwd guide to citation, the indigo book, or a guide or manual dealing with the citation practices of their particular jurisdiction the cross reference tables in sections 7-300 (bluebook) and 7-400 (alwd), incorporated by links throughout this work, are. West publishes seven regional reporters (atlantic, north eastern, north western, pacific, southern, south eastern, south western) the national reporter system covers the appellate courts of all the states and the district of columbia.
How to read a legal citation two parts: interpreting the citation of a court decision reading a statutory citation community q&a a legal citation refers to a specific source of law most of the time, these references are to either printed written decisions by courts, like the us supreme court or the superior court of new york, or to statutes that have been written and passed by the us. The bluebook: a uniform system of citation, 18 th ed, is compiled by the editors of the columbia law review, the harvard law review, the university of pennsylvania law pacific reporter (p2d, p3d) south eastern reporter (se2d) southern reporter (so2d) map.  citation,2 published by the columbia, harvard, and university of pennsylvania law reviews, and the yale law journal at its inception, the bluebook was a.