Dr Jana Martiskova
Another important thing that you should know that the citation method for legal research paper on the court is totally different from a general paper. So, if you want to know the difference then you can consult the following guide to cite sources in a court research paper.
How to cite the final decision taken by the court?
Keep in mind that you will have to document your sources in two places, first; in the content of the research paper, second; at the end of the paper. Therefore, we can divide the overall citation into two segments.
How to cite within the text of the paper?
At the end of the sentence, you will write down (Name v. Name, year). For example; you have to cite the case that was decided in the year 1986 and the contenders were George and Thompson then your citation would be something like this: (George v. Thompson, 1986)
You can also go with an alternative citation method within the text which is:
If you have mentioned the case name within the sentence already then you can write the year of the case in the parenthesis only. For instance;
“In the case of George v. Thompson (1986), the judge claimed that the Thompson was guilty of the offense”
How to cite within the reference list?
The standard method for citing sources in a reference list:
Name v. Name, volume number, reporter abbreviation, page no (name of the court). The idea will become clearer with the following example.
Thompson v. George, 867 R.E, 3d 433 (NC App. Ct. 1986)
All possible methods for citing sources in a legal research paper on the court have been provided to you. Now, it’s up to you how you use them to improve the overall quality of your assignment. It is advisable that before adopting any method you must first ask for the citation guideline from your teacher so that you know what kind of assignment he or she is expecting from you.