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How to Cite Legal Authorities

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ISBN13: 9781854313157
ISBN: 1854313150
Published: January 1996
Publisher: Blackstone Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99

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This book deals with a simple problem that affects all lawyers, whether practising or in training. Anyone making any written statement about the law for other lawyers needs to know how to cite correctly every case, statute, statutory instrument and learned book or article referred to. The legal profession has evolved a customary abbreviated way of writing citations, but in the past it has been very difficult to find out what the customs are.

This book claims to show how to write the citation. It features a dictionary of law reports and legal periodicals, giving their preferred abbreviations. There are also recommendations for typography and punctuation of citations with many alternatives given from which a personal style can be devised.

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Legal Skills and Method
Part 1
Principles of legal citation: purpose of citation
house style
citations in text or notes
describing the relevance of a cited authority
Part 2
Cases: cases as sources of law
publication of reports of cases
case names
citation of law reports
law terms
identification of court
parallel citations
consolidated cases
citing a point in a report
edition and medium-neutral citations
choosing which report to cite
unreported cases
European cases
commonwealth cases
United States cases
citing more than one case
table of cases.
Part 3
Acts of Parliament: introduction
publications of Acts
citation of Acts
citing a point in an Act
tables of statutes
further reading
summary of recommended forms of citation acts.
Part 4
Parliament: dating of sessions
command papers
parliamentary papers
law commissions.
Part 5
Subordinate legislation: publication
citing a point in an item of subordiante legislation