Saturday, October 6, 2012
Thanks to brother Mitch Rubinstein over at the Adjunct Law Prof blog for the link to the newly published 2012 New York style manual setting forth the recommended citation form and other style conventions for briefs filed with New York state courts. From the preface:
For more than 50 years, the New York Law Reports Style Manual has been issued by the Law Reporting Bureau with the approval of the Court of Appeals as a guide for New York judges and their staffs in the preparation of opinions for publication in the Official Reports. It also prescribes the style applied by the Law Reporting Bureau in editing the opinions for publication in the Reports. Although not binding on them, many lawyers find the Manual useful in preparing papers for submission to New York courts. The Style Manual provides a guide for opinion writers and editors in five primary areas: citation, abbreviation, capitalization, quotation, and word style and usage. Additionally, it specifies for editors the format and typographical standards for the Reports.
The [style manual] provides the approved "cite-as" case name, official book citation, slip opinion citation, decision date, court, Judge and docket number for each decision. In addition, a listing of each Third Series decision that cites to your retrieved decision will also be displayed. Each Third Series record is hypertext linked to the full text of the decision on the Law Reporting Bureau's website.