Legal Citation

Definition - What does Legal Citation mean?

A legal citation is a reference to a legal source in an official legal document or publication. This can come in the form of an abbreviation, acronym or other reference.

It is common for court cases, rulings and laws to be used as legal citations. Legal citations help to give authority or credibility to points made.

Justipedia explains Legal Citation

Legal citations are used in the same way that academic citations are used in academic research papers. However, legal citations typically only refer to legal sources.

An example of a legal citation would be Roe v. Wade (1973). Roe v. Wade (1973) was a landmark court case involving abortion. So, this citation may be used in legal documentation or papers that are related to abortion.

Citations are frequently used when the author is referring to a case or ruling that set a legal precedent.

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