Justice & Law Studies 15: Cases

The Work of the Supreme Court: A Simulation
Instructors: Robert S. Groban, Jr. and Thomas J. Sweeney III
Winter Study 2020

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(from West's Encyclopedia of American Law):

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 86 S.Ct. 1602, 16 L.Ed. 2d 694 (1966)
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  1. Case title. Indicates the names of the parties.
  2. Reporter volume. Indicates the volume of the reporter containing the case.
  3. Reporter name, abbreviated. In this example, it stands for U.S. Reports, which contains U.S. Supreme Court decisions. To decode abbreviations, use Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations 
  4. Reporter page number. The first page of the case.
  5. Additional reporter citation. Cases can be reported in several reporters. In this example, the case also appears in volume 86 of Supreme Court Reporter at page 1602.
  6. Additional reporter citation. It was also reported in Lawyer's Edition, second series, volume 16, page 694.
  7. Year of the decision.

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