Decoding Legal Citations

 
     
   
 
 

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 court reporters
(Abbreviated)

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
(Abbreviated)

Section #



Arizona statute example: A.R.S. § 13-604.01
Decoding the citation format:

A.R.S.

13-604.01

Name of the set of statutes
(abbreviated)

Title-Section #


Common Abbreviations


U.S. Supreme Court Reporters

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF REPORTER

LOCATION

U.S.

United States Reports

1st Floor – Ranges 24-25

S. Ct.

Supreme Court Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 23-24

L. Ed. & L. Ed. 2d

United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer’s Edition

1st Floor – Range 23

U.S.L.W.

United States Law Week

Current 2 years – Reserve Collection
Prior years – 2nd Floor Treatises
Range 14


Federal Court Reporters - Lower Federal Courts

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF REPORTER

LOCATION

F., F.2d, or F.3d

Federal Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 19-22

F. Supp. or F. Supp. 2d

Federal Supplement

1st Floor – Ranges 16-19

F.R.D.

Federal Rules Decision

1st Floor – Range 16


Regional Reporters: State Cases

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF REPORTER

LOCATION

A., A.2d

Atlantic Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 2-3

Cal. Rptr., Cal. Rptr. 2d California Reporter 1st Floor – Ranges 4-5
N.Y.S, N.Y.S.2d New York Supplement 1st Floor – Ranges 5-6

N.E., N.E.2d

North Eastern Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 6-7

N.W., N.W.2d

North Western Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 7-8

P., P.2d

Pacific Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 8-10

S.E., S.E.2d

South Eastern Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 10-11

S.W., S.W.2d

South Western Reporter

1st Floor – Ranges 11-12

So., So. 2d

Southern Reporter

1st Floor – Range 13-14


Arizona Court Reporters

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF REPORTER

LOCATION

Ariz.

Arizona Reports

1st Floor – Range 28

Ariz. App.

Arizona Appellate Reports

1st Floor – Range 28

  Arizona Digest 1st Floor – Range 28

Ariz. Adv. Rep.

Arizona Advance Reports

1st Floor – Reserve Collection


Federal and Arizona Statutes and Regulations

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF COMPILATION

LOCATION

U.S.C.

United States Code

1st Floor – Range 27

U.S.C.A.

United States Code Annotated

1st Floor – Range 27

U.S.C.S.

United States Code Service

1st Floor – Range 27

C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations 1st Floor – Index Table

A.R.S.

Arizona Revised Statutes, Annotated

1st Floor – Range 28 and
Reserve Collection


Cases and Annotations

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF REPORTER

LOCATION

A.L.R., A.L.R. 2d, 3d,
4th, 5th, 6th, or Fed.

American Law Reports

1st Floor – Ranges 29-30


Encyclopedias

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF ENCYCLOPEDIA

LOCATION

Am. Jur., Am. Jur. 2d

American Jurisprudence

1st Floor – Range 31

C.J.S.

Corpus Juris Secundum

1st Floor – Range 31


Restatements

ABBREVIATION

NAME OF ENCYCLOPEDIA

LOCATION

 

Restatements

1st Floor – Range 31-32


 

  

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