LEGAL CITATION. Presented by Elisabeth McKechnie Mabie Law Library. BLUEBOOK A.k.a The BlueBook, A Uniform System of Citation 18 th Edition is current. IN COMMON USE IN THE U.S. CALIFORNIA STYLE MANUAL. Bluebook Law Review Citation Federal Litigation Where Authorized by Local Rule
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Citations to cases and other authorities in all documents filed in the courts must be in the style established by either the California Style Manual or The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, at the option of the party filing the document. The same style must be used consistently throughout the document.
Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 1.200CALIFORNIA PLEADINGS
…Brief writers are encouraged to follow the citation form of the California Style Manual
(4th Ed., 2000)EVEN IF ALLOWED, SHOULD YOU USE BLUEBOOK IN CA SUPREME COURT?
In the Federal system, the official reporter for the Supreme Court is the United States Reports (or U.S.C). Unofficial reporters are the Supreme Court Reports (or S.Ct. ) or United States Supreme Court Reports (Lawyer's Edition) (L.Ed.). Each is by a different publisher.
i.e.: International Shoe v State of Washingtion,
326 U.S. 310, 66 S.Ct. 154, 90 L.Ed. 95 (1945).
United States Reports----Offical Reporter
Supreme Court Reports---Unofficial Reporter
Lawyers’ Edition-----------Unofficial ReporterOFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL REPORTERS
Supreme Court Reports: S.Ct.
United States Supreme Court Reports (Lawyers’ Edition): L.Ed.
Federal Appendix: F.App’x
Vols. 1-4 Dallas (Dall.) 1790-1800 (U.S. Reports vols. 1-4)
Vols. 1-9 Cranch (Cranch) 1801-1815 (U.S. Reports vols. 5-13)
Vols. 1-12 Wheaton (Wheat.) 1816-1827 (U.S. Reports vols. 14-25)
Vols. 1-16 Peters (Pet.) 1828-1842 (U.S. Reports vols. 26-41)
Vols. 1-24 Howard (How.) 1843-1860 (U.S. Reports vols. 42-65)
Vols. 1-2 Black (Black) 1862-1862 (U.S. Reports vols. 66-67)
Vols. 1-23 Wallace (Wall.) 1863-1874 (U.S. Reports vols. 68-90)
Available at Westlaw in SCT-OLD; and HeinOnline’s U.S. Reports collection.FEDERAL “NOMINATIVE” REPORTERS
Auto Equity Sales v. Superior Court, 57 Cal.2d 450, 20 Cal.Rptr.32, 369 P.2d. 937 (1962).
Daniel v. Weigum, 190 Cal. App. 2d 620, 16 Cal. Rptr. 27 (1964)
Official Reporter: California Appellate Reports, 2nd Series
Unofficial Reporter: California Reporter
Regional Reporter: Pacific Reporter (covers multi-states;currently CA Supreme Court cases only).CALIFORNIA LEGAL REPORTERS
In the Federal system, the official code is the United States Code (cited U.S.C.).
Title 42 U.S.C. 435 (2007)
(title #) (Reporter name) (page #) (date of code editn)
Title 42 U.S.C.S. 435 (Lexis-Nexis 2008) (United States Code Service)
Title 42 U.S.C.A. 435 (West 2008) (United States Code Annotated)
Contain the same statute, but USC may not be updated.Citation of Federal Statutes