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Decoding Legal Citations

"Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation..." Isaiah 28:16

Case Citations:

Citation example for a United States Supreme Court case:

384 U.S. 436

Decoding the citation format:

384 U.S. 436
Volume # Name of the set of Page #

Statutory Citations:

Federal statute example:

28 U.S.C. § 1983 Decoding the citation format:

28 U.S.C. 1983
Title # Name of the set of statutes Section#

Alabama statute example: Code of Alabama, 1975, 16-5-10 Decoding the citation format:

1975 16 - 5 - 10
Code Edition Title - Chapter - Section#

COMMON ABBREVIATIONS: U.S. Supreme Court Reporters

ABBREVIATION NAME OF REPORTER LOCATION
U.S. United States Reports 1st Floor - Aisle 119
S.Ct. Supreme Court Reporter 1st Floor - Aisle 119
L.Ed. & L.Ed.2d United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer's Edition 1st Floor - Aisle 118
U.S.L.W. United States Law Week Reserve Collection- Current 2 years Older than 2 years -1st Floor - Aisle 24

Federal Court Reporters - Lower Federal Courts

ABBREVIATION NAME OF REPORTER LOCATION
F., F.2d, or F.3d Federal Reporter 1st Floor - Aisles 120-124
F.Supp. or F.Supp.2d Federal Supplement 1st Floor - Aisles 125-128
F.R.D. Federal Rules Decisions 2d Floor - Aisle 221-222

Regional Reporters: State Cases

ABBREVIATION NAME OF REPORTER LOCATION
A., A.2d Atlantic Reporter 1st Floor - Aisles 133-134
N.E., N.E.2d North Eastern Reporter 1st Floor - Aisles 134-135
N.W., N.W.2d North Western Reporter 1st Floor - Aisles 135-136
P., P.2d Pacific Reporter 1st Floor - Aisles 137-140
S.E., S.E.2d South Eastern Reporter 1st Floor - Aisles 141-142
S.W., S.W.2d South Western Reporter 1st Floor - Aisles 143-145
So., So.2d Southern Reporter 1st Floor - Aisle 146-150

Alabama Court Reporters

ABBREVIATION NAME OF REPORTER LOCATION
Ala. Alabama Reports Alabama - Aisle 103-104
Ala. App. Alabama Appellate Reports Alabama - Aisle 104

Statutes - Names & Abbreviations of Federal & Alabama Compilations

ABBREVIATION NAME OF COMPILATION LOCATION
U.S.C. United States Code 1st Floor - Aisle 115
U.S.C.A. United States Code Annotated 1st Floor - Aisle 116
U.S.C.S. United States Code Service 1st Floor - Aisle 115
Ala. Code State Code of Alabama Reserve Collections & Alabama - Aisle 101

Cases and Annotations

ABBREVIATION NAME OF REPORTER LOCATION
A.L.R., A.L.R. 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th,or Fed. American Law Reports Reference - Aisles 110-112

National Encyclopedias

ABBREVIATION NAME OF REPORTER LOCATION
Am.Jur., Am.Jur.2d American Jurisprudence Reference Aisle 113
C.J.S. Corpus Juris Secundum Reference - Aisle 113-114

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