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JOUR 320 - Mass Communication Law

Citing Supreme Court Cases

OFFICIAL REPORTER: United States Reports

The official reporter of the US Supreme Court is the United States Reports.

Cite the United States Reports if the case is reported in the official reporter (United States Reports). This is an example of a US Reports citation: 

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)

It includes:

  • Name of the case
  • Volume of the United States Reports
  • Reporter abbreviation (U.S.)
  • First page of the case
  • Year the case was decided

This information and more is available from Georgetown Law's website.

UNOFFICIAL REPORTERS: Supreme Court Reporter, United States Supreme Court Reports, and others

If a legal case is available in the official reporter, then the official reporter should be cited. If it is not, then an unofficial reporter can be used.

Example of an unofficial reporter:

Riley v. California, 134 S. Ct. 2473 (2014)

It includes:

  • Name of the case
  • Volume of the reporter
  • Reporter abbreviation
  • First page of the case
  • Year the case was decided

This information and more is available from Georgetown Law's website.

General Legal Citiations

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