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BASIC RULES FOR FULL CITATION OF A CASE; EXAMPLE COMES FROM P. 11 OF THE BLUEBOOK 19th EDITION.

IT ASSUMES THAT THE CITATION IS BEING SET FORTH IN A CITATION SENTENCE.

Case name in accord with B4.1.1, properly abbreviated with all possible abbreviations from Table T6. Underline or italicize.

Note that the pinpoint page is separated from the first page with a comma and space. If you do not have a pinpoint, do not use a comma between the first page and the parenthetical. (For some reason, here it looks like there is a space between the numeral 7 and the comma; there is NOT a space there.) Read about pinpoint citation on p. 9.

Kaplan v. Ziff, 530 N.W.2d 807, 809 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)..

If there is subsequent history, then the cite does not end here. See the explanation in B4.1.6 on p. 12 and the list of abbreviations in Table T8 used to introduce subsequent history of a case. This example also does not show an explanatory parenthetical, which we will cover later in the semester. If there is no subsequent history and no explanatory parenthetical, end citation here with a period.

Choose the correct court abbreviation from Table T1. Note that the Bluebook abbreviations and the Westlaw abbreviations are not always the same!

Choose the correct reporter. See B4.1.2. For state courts, see in particular B4.1.3(iv) and (v) on pp. 10 -11. See the section of Table T1 relevant to the appropriate jurisdiction. Note the Bluebook's preference for the West regional reporters. In this course, we will not be using medium n eutral, or public domain, citations. We also will not be using parallel citation.

Not every case makes it into the West regional reporter. Use Table T1 to learn the preferred reporter when the case is not c ited in a West regional reporter.
Also, be aware that cases from New York and California are also found in special West reporters that include only cases from those states. In New York, the special reporter is the New York Supplement (N.Y.S.). In California, it's the California Reporter (Cal. Rptr.).

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