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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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legal citation

LEGALCITATION

Presented by Elisabeth McKechnie

Mabie Law Library

in common use in the u s

BLUEBOOK

      • A.k.a The BlueBook, A Uniform System of Citation
        • 18th Edition is current.
IN COMMON USE IN THE U.S.
when do i use them

Bluebook

    • Law Review Citation
    • Federal Litigation
    • Where Authorized by Local Rule
  • California Style Manual
    • California Litigation
WHEN DO I USE THEM?
california pleadings

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 1.200

CALIFORNIA PLEADINGS
even if allowed should you use bluebook in ca supreme court

Cal. Rule of Court 8.204:

…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?
don t cite online sources

RULE 18:

  • “…The BLUEBOOK requires the use and citation of traditional printed sources unless
  • (1) the information cited is unavailable in a traditional printed source; or
  • (2) a copy of the source cannot be located because it is so obscure that it is practically unavailable.
  • Only in those two cases should citation be made to the electronic source alone.
DON’T CITE ONLINE SOURCES
citing to a paper supplement

What is a pocket part?

  • 22 U.S.C. section 2567 (Supp. I 1983).

[Date is the SUPPLEMENT’S date]

RULE 12.3.1(e): “Cite material appearing in supplements (including pocket parts) according to Rule 3.1(c).”

CITING TO A PAPER SUPPLEMENT
official and unofficial reporters

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 Reporter

OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL REPORTERS
list of federal reporters

Supreme CourtUnited States Reports (official): U.S.

Supreme Court Reports: S.Ct.

United States Supreme Court Reports (Lawyers’ Edition): L.Ed.

  • Federal Appeals CourtFederal Reporter:F.2d

Federal Appendix: F.App’x

(unpublished cases)

  • Federal District CourtFederal Supplement: F.Supp
LIST OF FEDERAL REPORTERS
federal nominative reporters

Pre-U.S. Reports, Supreme Court cases

  • 1790-1834---OLD!
  • Named for the Court Reporter who compiled the notes that created them:

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
california legal reporters

California Supreme Court Cases:

Auto Equity Sales v. Superior Court, 57 Cal.2d 450, 20 Cal.Rptr.32, 369 P.2d. 937 (1962).

Appellate Cases:

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
parallel citations

Full Citation:

International Shoe v. State of Washington,

326 U.S. 310, 66 S.Ct. 154, 90 L.Ed. 95

(1945).

66 S.Ct. 154, 90 L.Ed. 95 are Parallel Citations for the SAME CASE.

May be required by local rules; Courtesy to other counsel and the Court…

PARALLEL CITATIONS
how to read a citation

SAMPLE FEDERAL CASE CITATION

INTERNATIONAL SHOE v STATE OF WASHINGTON

(PLAINTIFF or First Party) (DEFENDANT or 2nd Party)

326 U.S. 310 (1945)

Vol. # Reporter Starting Date of

Page# Opinion

HOW TO READ A CITATION
federal appellate cases

Another Example (Fed. Appellate):

United States v MacDonald, 531 F.2d 196, (4th Cir. 1976).

United States v MacDonald, 531 F.2d

(Case Title) Vol# Reporter

196, (4th Cir. 1976).

starting page deciding court, date of decision

FEDERAL APPELLATE CASES
statutes federal

In the Federal system, the official code is the United States Code (cited U.S.C.).

  • However, the U.S. code is published every 6 years. Two unofficial codes are more commonly used: United States Code Annotated (cited U.S.C.A.), published by West and the United States Code Service (cited U.S.C.S.) published by the Lawyers' Cooperative Publishing Company
Statutes-Federal
citing to the u s c

Bluebook Rule 12.2.1(a)

    • Cite statutes currently in force in the current official code or its supplement. Otherwise, cite a current unofficial code or its supplement, the official session laws, privately published session laws (U.S.C.C.A.N.), a widely used computer database, a looseleaf service, an Internet source or a newspaper— in that order of preference.
    • …federal laws enacted after the most recent USC, should be cited to an unofficial code…
CITING TO THE U.S.C
citation of federal statutes

United States Code citation (Rule 12.3.1):

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