Definition - What does Supra mean?
Supra is a Latin term meaning "above," which is commonly used in legal documents such as briefs, court opinions or motions. It tells the reader that the information has already been mentioned or cited.
Its use also helps the writer by eliminating the need for repetitive language and full citations. It is usually italicized.
Justipedia explains Supra
Legal papers, in which an attorney presents an argument or a judge issues an opinion, contain references to past cases involving similar issues. These citations must be written in a certain way and contain specific information, such as the name of the case, the court that handled the matter, the date of the decision, and the publication where the ruling appears.
While the full citation is necessary on first reference, the term "supra" is used with an abbreviated version for all subsequent references.