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Introduction to "The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation": Cases

Quick References

Case Citation
Case Names............................R10.2
Reporters and Other Sources....R10.3
Court and Jurisdiction...............R10.4
Date or Year............................R10.5
Parenthetical Information..........R10.6
Prior and Subsequent History....R10.7
Special Citation Forms..............R10.8
Short Forms for Cases..............R10.9

Basic Structure of a Case Citation

 

 The basic structure of a case citation has four main elements:

  1. Name of the case
  2. Where the case can be found
  3. Name of the court that decided the case
  4. Year the case was decided

The subpages under the Cases tab correspond to each of these elements and provides the specific Bluebook rules for each.

Tips

Take the time to read Rule 10 in its entirety. Citing cases is an important aspect of the legal profession, so it is critical that you understand all of the requirements for case citation.