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Legal Abbreviations

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Despite efforts to eliminate abbreviations in the field of legal documentation, the list of these abbreviations grows daily.  The Cite Guide contains numerous appendices which contain tables of abbreviations. When you must decode an abbreviation, you can also turn to in-house citation lists online resources (see below) or books such as Prince's Bieber dictionary of legal citations : a reference guide for attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegals, and law students.



1. List of Major Law Reports and Statutes available at the Brian Dickson Law Library


·      List by title

·      List by abbreviation



2.  Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations: http://www.legalabbrevs.cardiff.ac.uk/about.jsp

One of the most comprehensive online indexes to legal abbreviations found to date, this web-based service allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law.

The Cardiff Index contains over 10,500 titles and over 17,400 abbreviations drawn from 298 jurisdictions. One main advantage of this index is its ability to be searched either from abbreviation to title or from title to abbreviation.



3. McGill Law Journal, Canadian guide to uniform legal citation, 6th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2006). [KE 259 .C353 2006 – copies in Reference and on Reserve]

While some of the lists included are not exhaustive, this is still an excellent one-stop guide to legal abbreviations. The appendices include abbreviations of countries, provinces, and states; international organizations; courts and tribunals; printed caselaw reporters; and periodicals and yearbooks.


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