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Paralegal Studies: Case Citations

New Citation Rules for Illinois Case Law

On May 31, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a new citation rule applicable to Illinois case law.  The new rule took effect on July 1, 2011. 

Finding Case Citations

Case Citations:

These are citations that will lead you to the text of a judicial opinion as it can be found in a court reporter. The information contained in a citation for court opinions found in a reporter varies very little.

The citation will always start with shortened versions of the names of the parties to the case, for example: Johnson v. California,

Then it will give you information on which reporter, or publication, contains the text and where in that reporter to look for the text of the decision (the volume number and pages). It also contains information on which court, or jurisdiction, heard the case and what year this opinion was delivered.

 

   321              F.3d            791,                 793            (9th Cir.             2003)

  volume      reporter      start pg        pg cited      jurisdiction      date of decision

The reporter and jurisdiction, and sometimes even the party names, are abbreviated. In order to find out what the abbreviations stand for, try consulting either the Bluebook or the ALWD citation manual.

 

Federal

 

In Westlaw, use the "Find a Case by Party Name" search screen (from the link under the "Find a Case by Citation" box on the left side of the screen)  to find a case if you know the name of either party to a case (or both). You can limit your search to a specific jurisdiction.

In Lexis, click on the "Get a Document" tab at the top of the screen, then click on the "Get by Party Name" link on the right side of the screen, then fill in the form with either party's name and the appropriate jurisdiction.

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State

 

In Westlaw, use the "Find a Case by Party Name" search screen (from the link under the "Find a Case by Citation" box on the left side of the screen)  to find a case if you know the name of either party to a case (or both). You can limit your search to a specific jurisdiction.

In Lexis, click on the "Get a Document" tab at the top of the screen, then click on the "Get by Party Name" link on the right side of the screen, then fill in the form with either party's name and the appropriate jurisdiction.

Add Websites and Links to print materials.