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Citation Form for Procedural Rules

Bluebook Rule 12.8.3 provides citation form guidelines and examples for federal and state rules of evidence and procedure.

A date is not used in a citation to a court rule of evidence or procedure. Rule 12.8.3 states that the researcher should use abbreviations such as those given in the examples listed in the Rule, or abbreviations suggested by the name of a particular court rule, which will vary from jurisidiction to jurisdiction.

Sample citations:

  • Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6)
  • Fed. R. Evid. 403
  • 4th Cir. R. 4(a)
  • Md. R. 2-231
  • Mich. Ct. R. 3.501

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