List of legal abbreviations

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It is common practice in legal documents to cite to other publications by using standard abbreviations for the title of each source. Abbreviations may also be found for common words or legal phrases. Such citations and abbreviations are found in court decisions, statutes, regulations, journal articles, books, and other documents. Below is a basic list of very common abbreviations. Because publishers adopt different practices regarding how abbreviations are printed, one may find abbreviations with or without periods for each letter. For example, the Code of Federal Regulations may appear abbreviated as "C.F.R." or just as "CFR."

For abbreviations not found in this list, here are alternate websites to search:

For legal abbreviations not found online, try searching one of the following print sources. These publications are regularly found at law and other libraries.

ISBN 1624680011 and ISBN 978-1-62468-001-4.

  • Raistrick, Donald. Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations. 3rd ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2008. This book focuses more on British and other foreign/international abbreviations.
  • Kavass, World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations

List Of Common Legal Abbreviations Or Terms

Symbol[edit]

  • © — Copyright, meaning someone claims ownership of the text, book, music, software, etc.
  • ® — Registered Trademark (typically a word or phrase identifying a company or product, e.g. Coca Cola)

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A[edit]

  • A. — Atlantic Reporter
  • A.2d — Atlantic Reporter, 2nd Series
  • ad.,ads.,adsm. — ad sectam (Latin), at the suit of. Used in colonial and Federal Era American cases when the defendant is listed first; e.g., "John Doe v. Richard Roe" is labeled "Richard Roe ads. John Doe." The long script "S" of the period often makes this appear as "adj."
  • adj. — see "ad." above.
  • Ala. Admin. Code — Alabama Administrative Code (unofficial text)
  • Ala. Code — Code of Alabama 1975 (unofficial text)
  • Alaska Admin. Code — Alaska Administrative Code (unofficial text)
  • Alaska Stat. — Alaska Statutes (unofficial text)
  • All ER — All England Law Reports
  • A.L.R. — American Law Reports
  • A.L.R.2d — American Law Reports, 2nd Series
  • A.L.R.3d — American Law Reports, 3rd Series
  • A.L.R.4th — American Law Reports, 4th Series
  • A.L.R.5th — American Law Reports, 5th Series
  • A.L.R.6th — American Law Reports, 6th Series
  • A.L.R. Fed. — American Law Reports, Federal
  • Am. Jur. — American Jurisprudence
  • Am. Jur. 2d. — American Jurisprudence, 2nd Series
  • Anor - Another
  • Ariz. Admin. Code — Arizona Administrative Code (unofficial text)
  • Ariz. Admin. Reg. — Arizona Administrative Register (unofficial text)
  • Ariz. Rev. Stat. — Arizona Revised Statutes (unofficial text)
  • Ark. Code — Arkansas Code (unofficial text)
  • Art - Article
  • Asap- As soon as possible
  • Atty - Attorney

B[edit]

C[edit]

D[edit]

E[edit]

  • ER — Employer
  • EE — Employee
  • et al. — Latin for "and others".

F[edit]

G[edit]

H[edit]

I[edit]

J[edit]

K[edit]

L[edit]

M[edit]

N[edit]

O[edit]

  • Ors - Others

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Q[edit]

  • QDRO — Qualified Domestic Relations Order

R[edit]

R J - Recurring Judgement. (published in All In Reports)

S[edit]

T[edit]

  • T.D. — Treasury Decision
  • or TM — Trademark (such as a word or phrase identifying a company or product)

U[edit]

V[edit]

  • v. — versus. Used when plaintiff is listed first on a case title. John Doe v. Richard Roe.

See also "ad." above. "vs." is used in most scholarly writing in other fields, but "v." alone in legal writing.

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X[edit]

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For more information on official, unofficial, and authenticated online state laws and regulations, see Matthews & Baish, State-by-State Authentication of Online Legal Resources,American Association of Law Libraries, 2007.