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What's a Citation?

State all facts you must prove to win. Use discovery tools in this course to prove your facts. Move court for judgment in your favor.
That's how you win.
This course shows how!

A traffic cop "citation" is not the kind you'll learn in this class.

Citations are shorthand directions to legal authorities and other reliable references that support your arguments.

If you don't "cite" legal authorities and references properly, the judge won't know what legal authorities and references control his or her decisions.

The consequence will be giving your judge a free hand to rule however he or she chooses, regardless of what the higher courts decree.

Unless you can properly tell the court what authorities and references you're relying on to win your case, the court will favor your opponent who does!

Citation format is a micro-language within the world of law.

Citation format is a way to say what otherwise would take too many words and leave judges wondering, "What the heck does that mean?"

Take the familiar Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). This citation references a 1966 United States Supreme Court decision interpreting the Fifth Amendment to guarantee you the right to remain silent and to be warned, "Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law".

Here's another: U.S. Const. amend. XIV, §2. This citation directs the court's attention to Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Notice how concise these two citations are and how precisely they point to the authorities that control your judge!

Don't give your opponent any opportunity to muddy the litigation waters.

By the time you finish this brief class you'll be able to cite legal authorities and references like a seasoned trial lawyer!

To control the court properly requires proper citations.

You will learn how to cite official legal authorities in this class.