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WRITING MANUAL

A Guide to Citations, Style, and Judicial Opinion Writing

effective july 1, 2013 second edition

Published for the Supreme Court of Ohio

WRITING MANUAL A Guide to Citations, Style, and Judicial Opinion Writing

MAUREEN O'CONNOR

Chief Justice

SHARON L. KENNEDY PATRICK F. FISCHER R. PATRICK DeWINE MICHAEL P. DONNELLY MELODY J. STEWART JENNIFER BRUNNER

Justices

STEPHANIE E. HESS

Interim administrative Director

The Supreme Court of Ohio Style Manual Committee

HON. JUDITH ANN LANZINGER JUSTICE, THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

Chair

HON. TERRENCE O'DONNELL JUSTICE, THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

HON. JUDITH L. FRENCH JUSTICE, THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

STEVEN C. HOLLON ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

ARTHUR J. MARZIALE JR., Retired July 31, 2012 DIRECTOR OF LEGAL RESOURCES, THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

SANDRA H. GROSKO REPORTER OF DECISIONS, THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

RALPH W. PRESTON, Retired July 31, 2011 REPORTER OF DECISIONS, THE SUPREME COURT OF OHIO

MARY BETH BEAZLEY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LAW AND DIRECTOR OF LEGAL WRITING,

MORITZ COLLEGE OF LAW, THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

C. MICHAEL WALSH ADMINISTRATOR, NINTH APPELLATE DISTRICT

The committee wishes to gratefully acknowledge the invaluable contributions of editor Pam Wynsen of the Reporter's Office, as well as the excellent formatting assistance of John VanNorman, Policy and Research Counsel to the Administrative Director.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PREFACE...........................................................................................................................ix PART I. MANUAL OF CITATIONS

INTRODUCTION TO THE MANUAL OF CITATIONS .................................................3 SECTION ONE: CASES ....................................................................................................5

1.1. Ohio Court Cases .........................................................................................5 A. Importance of May 1, 2002.................................................................5 B. Ohio cases decided before May 1, 2002 .............................................5 C. Ohio cases decided on or after May 1, 2002.....................................13

1.2. Ohio Administrative Decisions..................................................................18 1.3. Abbreviations for Reporters of Ohio Cases ...............................................19 OHIO CITATIONS AT A GLANCE ................................................................................21 1.4. Federal Cases .............................................................................................23

A. United States Supreme Court cases ...............................................23 B. Federal circuit court cases..............................................................24 C. Federal district court cases.............................................................25 1.5. Out-of-State Court Cases ...........................................................................26 A. Print published ...............................................................................26 B. Non-print published .......................................................................28 C. Public-domain citation formats......................................................28 D. Abbreviations for out-of-state reporters.........................................29 E. Abbreviations for West's regional reporters and others ................35

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