The Bluebook is a style guide that is used in the United States to cite state statutes. It is published by the Harvard Law Review Association. The Bluebook includes rules for citations to both state and federal statutes.
To cite a state statute using the Bluebook, you will need the following information: the name of the state, the name of the statute, the public law number, and the chapter number. You will also need to include the year that the statute was enacted.
Here is an example of a citation to a state statute using the Bluebook:
Hawaii Revised Statutes, section 710-1063, public law number 381, chapter 5, enacted in 1998.
You can find more information about citing state statutes using the Bluebook in the guide’s appendix.
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How do you Bluebook a state statute?
Bluebooking is the process of citing legal authority in a specific, standardized format. When bluebooking a state statute, you will need to include the official name of the state, the statute number, and the statute’s title. You will also need to include information about the statute’s history and amendments.
How do you cite state statutes?
When you are citing state statutes in your legal writing, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
First, you need to identify the specific statute you are citing. This can be done by looking up the statute number on the website of the state legislature or on a legal research database such as Westlaw or LexisNexis.
Next, you need to include the full text of the statute in your citation. This can be done by copying and pasting the text of the statute into your document or by including a link to the statute on the internet.
Finally, you need to include the date that the statute was enacted. This can be done by including the year in your citation or by including the date in the text of the statute.
Here is an example of a citation to a state statute:
State v. Smith, 905 P.2d 985 (Colo. 1995).
How do you cite the Illinois statutes Bluebook?
When citing the Illinois statutes Bluebook, you should include the name of the book, the edition, the publisher, and the year of publication. For example:
Illinois Statutes Bluebook, 8th ed. (Chicago, IL: Illinois State Bar Association, 2017).
How do you cite state statutes in Texas?
In Texas, state statutes can be cited in a couple of different ways. The most common way to cite a state statute is to include the name of the state, the year the statute was enacted, and the section number of the statute. For example, Texas Civil Statutes Annotated (2017), Section 2.001.
If you are citing a specific provision within a state statute, you can also include the chapter and article numbers of the statute. For example, Texas Civil Statutes Annotated (2017), Chapter 2, Article 2.
What does a statute citation look like?
A statute citation is a way of identifying a particular law or statute. The citation will typically include the name of the statute, the year it was passed, and the section number.
For example, the citation for the United States Constitution would be:
U.S. Const. amend. I
The citation for the California Penal Code would be:
Cal. Penal Code § 182
The citation for the Illinois Vehicle Code would be:
Ill. Vehicle Code § 3-701
How do you short cite a statute?
When you need to cite a statute, you should use a short citation. This is a shortened form of the full citation that includes the name of the statute, the chapter number, and the section number. You can find the full citation in the statute’s table of contents or in the law library.
Here’s an example of a short citation for the Illinois Criminal Code:
720 ILCS 5/2-6 (West 2016)
The first part of the citation, 720 ILCS 5/2-6, is the name of the statute. The second part, (West 2016), is the chapter number and section number. The third part, (West 2016), is the year the statute was published.
How do you cite California statutes?
When citing California statutes, you should use the official name of the statute, followed by the year it was enacted and the section number. For example:
Penal Code section 664
Civil Code section 3482
If you are quoting from a statute, you should include the appropriate citation in parentheses after the quote. For example:
“A person is guilty of vandalism when he or she maliciously destroys or damages property of another” (Penal Code section 594(a)).