Scope and purpose
This blog is a byproduct of the annual revision of Introduction to Basic Legal Citation. That process regularly brings to light issues and practices that don’t warrant detailed treatment in a basic reference, yet seem too interesting to let drop without report or comment.
The aim will be to draw attention to important differences in practice among jurisdictions and distinctive approaches – from the commendable to the lamentable, the new and novel to the archaic. Like the reference from which it springs the focus here will be on how judges and lawyers cite legal authority rather than law journal norms.
I would be pleased to have this become a forum for discussion of citation policy among those who take it seriously. Do comment on what you read here. And if there are topics you would like to see addressed or are tempted to address yourself, send me email.
Peter W. Martin
Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Emeritus