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Understanding Legal Citations   Tags: legal citations  

A basic guide for interpreting and understanding citations to legal sources.
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014 URL: http://courts.wa.libguides.com/understandinglegalcitations Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction

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.

 

Recommended Resource

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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The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation - Harvard Law Review Association
Call Number: KF246 .U65 2010
ISBN: 0615361161
Publication Date: 2010 (Nineteenth Edition)

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