The Bluebook ; A Uniform System of Citation. 21st ed. 2020/06.
(Harvard Law Review) – US. (583394)
ISBN: 9780578666150 paperback
Noteworthy Changes in the 21st Edition
- B6 now provides practitioners with the option of closing up abbreviations in reporter names to conserve the number of words used in court documents.
- Bluetable BT2 has been updated to reflect the current local citation rules in federal and state courts.
- Rule 1.4 no longer dictates an order of authorities within a signal. Instead, authorities should be ordered in a logical manner, with more relevant sources preceding less rele-vant sources.
- Rule 1.5(b) has been revised to clarify the placement of “hereinafter” and “last visited” parentheticals in citations to internet sources.
- Rule 3.3(d) has been added to govern citation to “flush” language and examples, such as those found in Treasury Regulations.
- Rule 9(a) has been revised to clarify the use of first names for judges.
- Rule 10.6.2 was added to bring The Bluebook into conformity with current U.S. Su-preme Court practice regarding citations to stay or bail applications uled on by a single justice.
- Rule 10.8.1(a) provides clearer guidance on citing to case docket numbers.
- Rule 12.3 has been changed to require citation to the official federal code “if available,” rather than “whenever possible.” This change is intended to facilitate citation to unoffi-cial codes in online databases.
- Rule 12.3.2 no longer requires a date in citations to the federal code, whether official or unofficial.
- For state sources of law, Rule 12.5(b) now allows citation to online sources for official state and municipal statutes and ordinances whenever available online, rather than when only available online.
- Rule 17.2.2 was updated to better cite modern dissertations and theses.
- Rule 18 has been updated throughout to provide a consistent format for indicating a specific time in video and audio recordings.
- Rule 18.8 was added to provide guidance on citing photographs and illustrations.
- Rule 21 was updated to reflect the growing availability of online sources in international law.
- Table T1 has been revised to reflect the most current titles for the various statutory compilations, session laws, and administrative compilations and registers.
- Table T2 has been removed from the print version of The Bluebook and now resides ex-clusively online at www.legalbluebook.com, free of charge. Eleven jurisdictions have been updated and one new jurisdiction added.
- Table T6 now contains all words previously contained in tables T6 and T13.2, and its reach has been expanded to supply abbreviations for case names, institutional authors, and periodical titles.
- Table T13.1 has been renamed table T13, and it continues to supply abbreviations for common institutional names.
- Table T13.2 has been deleted due to its merger with table T6.
- Terms have been added to or modified in tables T6, T7, T10, T13, and T15 as appropriate.