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There are literally thousands of legal abbreviations used in various circumstances inside and outside the courtroom. Below is a list of some of the most common abbreviations and symbols you may encounter in legal documents. Some of them may already be familiar to you, while others are more often only seen by those who work in the legal field. See also “Display” above. “vs.” is used in most scientific writings in other fields, but “v.” only in legal writing. Note that it does NOT include abbreviations commonly used in legal citations or in company names that we have listed elsewhere. In addition to laws and codes, you will often find other general legal terms in legal documents. These include words such as “class action” and “counterclaim.” Keep your head above water when reading your legal documents by knowing the abbreviations used here. Legal documents are full of abbreviations for legal codes.

Not only will you cite criminal charges, but you will also see legal documents and laws such as the Constitution or the First Amendment. Clarify your understanding and refer to these legal abbreviations for court documents as they refer to legal codes, laws, and organizations. You will become familiar with the use of legal abbreviations over time. Below are some common law reports and examples of legal journals. Below are the acronyms and abbreviations used in the Washington Legal Researcher`s Deskbook 3d, which is commonly found in Washington legal documents. The list contains publications (full titles are in italics); bar associations and legal organizations; Federal and state authorities, committees, commissions and departments; Legal conditions; Court order; Statutes; and electronic databases and services. This is a representative and non-exhaustive list. Resources are available to help people determine the meaning of various legal abbreviations. These resources include GovSpeak, a very comprehensive database of abbreviations and acronyms commonly used in government. Studying law can be intimidating at first for many reasons.

Don`t let acronyms and abbreviations be part of it! This list will help you start your legal career, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The legal world loves shortcuts, so you can expect to see them for the rest of your legal career. There are also other well-known sources of legal abbreviations. These include The Bluebook, the hugely popular guide to legal citations compiled by professionals from Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Legal abbreviations are used throughout the scientific and practical legal literature. Acronyms and (to a lesser extent) acronyms were previously interrupted by periods, as were other abbreviations (e.g., Lord appeared earlier than Lord), and so they may appear in older legal reports and commentaries. For legal abbreviations that were not found online, look for one of the following printed sources. These publications can be found regularly in legal and other libraries. The Bluebook is a great resource for searching for legal abbreviations. However, this is a paid resource and is usually not available for free. However, quick reference resources, such as our list of legal abbreviations above, should help you get started.

You can also check out Bluebook Abbreviations: Common Words in Case Names as well as abbreviations from federal and district courts if you`re curious to learn more. Even people and court systems are abbreviated in legal documents. It`s just easier to have everything as a stenographer, especially for the stenographer. To help you know if you are the “employee” or the “employer”, check the people and abbreviations for the terms of the court. If you come across abbreviations in your database search or bibliographies or reference lists that you are not sure about, you can quickly check them in the index. For abbreviations that aren`t in this list, here are some alternative websites to look for: you can search for abbreviations to find the title. You can also search for an upside-down publication to find the default abbreviation used for that title. It is common in legal documents to cite other publications using standard abbreviations for the title of each source.