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Understanding Legal Citations

A Guide to Deciphering Legal Citations

ABBREVIATIONS & CORRESPONDING PUBLICATIONS

ABBREVIATION PUBLICATION
A., A.2d Atlantic Reporter, Atlantic Reporter Second Series
A.A.C. Arizona Administrative Code
A.A.R. Arizona Administrative Register
ALR, ALR2d, ALR3d, ALR4th, ALR5th, ALR Fed American Law Reports (annotations), First through Fifth series and Federal series
Am. Jur. 2d American Jurisprudence 2d Series
Ariz. Arizona Reports
Ariz. Adv. Rpts Arizona Advance Reports
Ariz. App. Arizona Appeals Reports (to 1976)
A.R.S. Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
B.R. Bankruptcy Reporter (West)
C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations
Cl. Ct. Claims Court Reporter (West)
C.J.S. Corpus Juris Secundum
CT. CL. U.S. Court of Claims Reports
F., F.2d, F.3d Federal Reporter, Federal Reporter Second Series, & Federal Reporter ThirdSeries (federal appellate courts)
Fed. CL Federal Claims (West)
F.R. Federal Register
F.R.D. Federal Rules Decisions
F. Supp. Federal Supplement (lowest level of federal courts)
Ind. L. Rep.
Indian Law Reporter
L. Ed., L. Ed. 2d Lawyers Edition, Lawyers Edition Second (U.S. Supreme Court)
M.J. Military Justice Reporter (West)
N.E., N.E.2d Northeastern Reporter, Northeastern Reporter Second Series
N.W., N.W.2d Northwestern Reporter, Northwestern Reporter Second Series
P., P.2d, P.3d Pacific Reporter, Pacific Reporter Second Series, Pacific Reporter Third Series (includes Arizona)
S. Ct.     Supreme Court Reporter
S.E., S.E.2d Southeastern Reporter, Southeastern Reporter Second Series
So., So.2d Southern Reporter, Southern Reporter Second Series
S.W., S.W.2d, S.W.3d Southwestern Reporter, Southwestern Reporter Second Series, Southwestern Reporter Third Series
U.S. United States Reports (the "official" version put out by the U.S. Government--generally lags far behind in publication)
U.S.C. United States Code (the "official" version published by the U.S. Government)
U.S.C.A. United States Code Annotated (annotated version of code published by private publisher--retains same numbering as USC)
U.S.C.S. United States Code Service (annotated version of code published by private publisher--retains same numbering as USC).
Vet. App. Veterans Appeals Reporter (West)