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Answered By: Claire DeMarco
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016     Views: 1715

Bluebook Rule 10 gives the citation format for court cases.  Generally speaking, the citation includes the case name, followed by the reporter volume, the reporter abbreviation, the first page of the case, the specific page for the cited material, and the court abbreviation and date in parentheses (unless the court name is obvious from the reporter abbreviation). 

An example of a United States Supreme Court citation would be: See Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137, 138 (1803).

An example of a United States Circuit Court citation would be: See Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 591 F.3d 1147, 1152 (9th Cir. 2010).

Many state rules require that citations to state court decisions include a citation to the official state reporter, followed by a parallel citation to a regional reporter. An example of this citation format would be: See CLC v. Wyoming, 2004 WY 2, 82 P.3d 1235 (Wyo. 2004).

For more information about citing court cases, refer to Bluebook Rule 10.  There are Bluebooks available at the Harvard Law School Library Circulation Desk and Reference Desk.  You can also purchase a subscription to the Bluebook online at http://www.legalbluebook.com.

Answered by Claire DeMarco
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016     Views: 1715

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