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Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020     Views: 167

For guidance and examples on citing a court case in APA style, use the APA Style website's 'Citing Court Decisions in APA Style.' It contains the three basic elements for an APA Style reference for most court decisions (which is included below):

1. Name of the case: Name v. Name

2. Source reporting the decision: Volume Source Page

3. Court and date of the decision: (Court Date)

To find more information on citing court cases, view the APA Style blog (see the 'cite a court case section').


To cite a court case in MLA style, the reference in the works cited list should follow the below format:

[Plaintiff] v. [Defendant]. [U.S. Reports Citation]. [Original Page Numbers, if Available]. [Name of the Court]. [Year of the Decision]. [Reprint Information]. Print.

Additional information on citations are available at the library's 'Writing and Citing LibGuide' (access via the library on Canvas).

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