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Legal abbreviations

It is common practice in legal documents to mention 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:
  • A. -- Atlantic Reporter
  • A.2d -- Atlantic Reporter, 2nd Series
  • 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.B.L.R. --  Australian business law review
  • A.C. -- Appeal cases
  • A.J.C.L. -- American journal of comparative law
  • A.J.F.L. -- Australian journal of family law
  • A.J.I.L. -- American journal of international law
  • 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
  • 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)
  • B.C.C. -- British company law cases
  • B.C.L.C. -- Butterworths company law cases
  • B.C.L.R. -- British Columbia law reports
  • B.J.I.B.& F.L. -- Butterworths journal of international banking & financial law
  • B.L. -- Business lawyer
  • B.L.R. -- Building law reports or Business law review
  • B.T.R. -- British tax review
  • B.Y.I.L. -- British yearbook of international law
  • Brit.J.Criminol. -- British journal of criminology
  • Bracton L.J. -- Bracton law journal
  • Build.L.R. -- Building law reports
  • Bull.E.C. -- Bulletin of the European Communities
  • BFP -- Bona fide purchaser
  • BR or B/R -- Bankruptcy (also the abbreviation for the United States bankruptcy courts reporter, West's Bankruptcy Reporter)
  • c. -- Chapter
  • cc. -- Chapters
  • CA -- Class Action
  • CB -- Case Book
  • CC -- Commerce Clause
  • C-C -- Counter-Claim
  • CE -- Collateral Estoppel
  • CL -- Common Law
  • CNeg -- Contributory Negligence
  • COA -- Court of Appeals
  • Cx -- Constitution
  • Cx-C -- Cross-Claim
  • Cxl -- Constitutional
  • Cal. Code -- California Code (unofficial text?[1])
  • Cal. Code Reg. -- California Code of Regulations (see: CCR below)
  • CCR -- California Code of Regulations (official text?) (source: Thomson/West)
  • CIF -- Coming into force
  • C.F.R. -- Code of Federal Regulations
  • CJS -- Corpus Juris Secundum
  • Cong. Rec. -- Congressional Record
  • Ct. Cl. -- the United States Court of Federal Claims Reporter
  • Δ (Greek letter Delta) -- Defendant
  • ER -- Employer
  • EE -- Employee
  • F. -- Federal Reporter
  • F.2d -- Federal Reporter, 2nd Series
  • F.3d -- Federal Reporter, 3rd Series
  • Fed. Reg. (sometimes FR) -- Federal Register (see Federal Register for full text from 1994 to date)
  • Fed. R. Bankr. P. -- Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure
  • Fed. R. Civ. P. (sometimes FRCP) -- Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Fed. R. Crim. P. -- Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
  • Fed. R. Evid. (sometimes FRE) -- Federal Rules of Evidence
  • F.Supp. -- Federal Supplement
  • F.Supp.2d -- Federal Supplement, 2nd Series
  • GATT -- General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • HDC -- Holder in due course
  • I.L.M. -- International Legal Materials
  • IRB -- Internal Revenue Bulletin (from July 2003 to date)
  • IRC -- Internal Revenue Code
  • ISLN -- International Standards Lawyer Number
  • J -- Judge
  • JMOL -- Judgment as a Matter of Law
  • JNOV -- Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict
  • K -- Contract
  • L/C -- Letter of credit
  • LLC -- Limited liability company
  • LLP -- Limited liability partnership
  • N.E. -- North Eastern Reporter
  • N.E.2d -- North Eastern Reporter, 2nd Series
  • N.W. -- North Western Reporter
  • N.W.2d -- North Western Reporter, 2nd Series
  • ¶ (Pilcrow) -- Paragraph
  • Π (Greek letter Pi) -- Plaintiff
  • P. -- Pacific Reporter
  • P.2d -- Pacific Reporter, 2nd Series
  • P.3d -- Pacific Reporter, 3rd Series
  • p. -- Page
  • pp. -- Pages
  • PL -- Public Law
  • Pub.L. -- Public Law
  • R.E. or R/E -- Real Estate
  • Rev. Proc. -- Revenue Procedure (published in IRB)
  • Rev. Rul. -- Revenue Ruling (published in IRB)
  • s. or § -- Section
  • ss. or §§ -- Sections
  • S.C.R. (or SCR) -- Supreme Court Reports (Supreme Court of Canada)
  • S.Ct. -- Supreme Court Reporter (Supreme Court of the United States)
  • S.E. -- South Eastern Reporter
  • S.E.2d -- South Eastern Reporter, 2nd Series
  • SI -- Statutory Instruments
  • S/J -- Summary judgment
  • SMJ -- Subject Matter Jurisdiction
  • So. -- Southern Reporter
  • So.2d -- Southern Reporter, 2nd Series
  • SOL -- Statute of Limitations
  • SOR -- Statutory Orders and Regulations
  • Stat. -- United States Statutes at Large (See United States Code)
  • S.W. -- South Western Reporter
  • S.W.2d -- South Western Reporter, 2nd Series
  • S.W.3d -- South Western Reporter, 3rd Series
  • T.D. -- Treasury Decision
  • UCC -- Uniform Commercial Code
  • UPC -- Uniform Probate Code
  • U.S. -- United States Reports (beginning with v. 502 (1991))
  • USC -- United States Code (A free website for the full text is at U.S. Code. This text is maintained by the U.S. Gov't Printing Office, but must be checked for revisions or amendments after its effective date.)
  • USCA -- United States Code Annotated
  • USCCAN -- United States Code Congressional and Administrative News
  • USCS -- United States Code Service
  • UST -- United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (See Treaty series.)
  • WTO -- World Trade Organization
  • W. Va. Code -- West Virginia Code (unofficial text)