styling rules hierarchy

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styling rules hierarchy

Post by Logos » Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:53 pm

There are two rule books for legal citation & writing: the Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual. The Bluebook currently has the ascendency as far as I know, so that's what we chose to guide our hands in writing the documents; these rules form the legal industry's baseline standard, if you will.

Above the Bluebook in priority one finds the court-specific styling rules and those of college law school journals, which seem to consist of a few variations of certain Bluebook rules as well as some document layout rules, e.g., leaving 2" of white space at the top of document pages to accomodate a two-hole punch, an area of dead space on the front page for the clerk's date/time stamp, numbered lines, etc. The courts people usually deal with tend not to hold laymen to these rules to the strict degree they do lawyers. However, appellate and especially supreme courts are likely more strict about this. Either way, we recommend one inquire about these matters with the clerk before submitting documents into a case.

In priority below the Bluebook there's the Chicago Manual of Style, said to be one of the most widely used and respected guides for styling American English.

The occasional questions Chicago doesn't address can likely be answered by Uncle Sam's GPO Style Manual, whose utility exceeds its intended scope of legal/bureaucratic writing. Heh... Your tax dollars at work. :lol:

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