Using Introductory Signals for Citations

imagesContext helps define words. In a tennis score, “love” means nothing. Lawyers often say “consideration” without meaning kindness.

The same is true for “see,” “see also,” “but see,” and the other ways of introducing citations in an appeal brief. These ordinary words carry specific meanings when introducing citations. The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style (West, 2d ed. revised 2006), explains: Continue reading “Using Introductory Signals for Citations”

Citing Authorities in South Carolina

After the Table of Contents, discussed in the last post, comes the Table of Cases. Rule 208(b)(1), SCACR. This is a misnomer in that Table is better described as a Table of Authorities because other authorities, such as statutes, must be listed too. In listing the authority, Rule 268, SCACR, governs how to cite the South Carolina materials. For other authority, the rule recommends A Guide to South Carolina Legal Research and Citation, and the Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation. But it allows using other citation publications too. Other publications that may be consulted include the Association of Legal … Continue reading Citing Authorities in South Carolina