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October 16, 2009

Bluebook Tips: Id. for Cases Using Public Domain Format

Filed under: Bluebook, Tips — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 11:27 am

Bluebook Rule 10.3.3 Public Domain Format; Rule 10.9(b)(ii) Short Forms for Cases, “Id.” for parallel citations.

Some states have adopted a citation format that does not reference a particular vendor’s case reporter such as West’s regional reporters.  The Bluebook requires that you follow Table 1 when citing a case in a jurisdiction that employs the public domain format.  Many states in the U.S. Midwest use this format and Maine.  Typically the jurisdiction uses a parallel citation to the regional reporter for cases after a certain date. For example, a citation to a case in South Dakota after Dec. 31, 1996, looks like this:  Wulf v. Senst, 2003 SD 105, 669 N.W.2d 135.  A pincite to this case might be like this:  Wulf v. Senst, 2003 SD 105, ¶ 14, 669 N.W.2d 135, 141.

How, then, do you properly use Id.? Using the example, above, with a hypothetical picite to ¶ 17 where the same information is found on page 147 of N.W.2d, it would look like this: Id. at ¶ 17, 669 N.W.2d at 147.

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