Understanding legal citations is essential to performing legal research efficiently. A citation is a reference to a primary or secondary legal authority. When a judge or lawyer references a case, a statute, a regulation or a treatise, they provide a citation at the end of the reference. Citations often contain abbreviations which can be confusing if the researcher is unfamiliar with the resource.
This guide explains how to cite cases, statutes and regulations in Washington's Federal and State courts.
The classic guide to legal citation, this is the basic citation resource for Washington appellate court opinions except as noted in the Office of Reporter of Decisions Style Sheet. Copies are available at the reference desks on both levels of the Law Library as well as in the stacks on the lower level.
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