Legal abbreviations are commonly found in anything from a book to court documents. Having a common set of abbreviations is very important as it allows everyone reading a document to understand what is being presented in writing without having to spell out terms that are frequently utilized. You will be surprised at how many very common abbreviations are actually legal-based.
There are literally thousands of legal abbreviations. The following is a listing of some of the abbreviations and symbols. Some you may be familiar with while others are more commonly used and seen by those within the legal field.
There are resources available to help people determine the meaning of different legal abbreviations. Some of these resources include GovSpeak a very extensive database of abbreviations and acronyms that are commonly used in the government.
There are also other very well known sources for legal abbreviations. They include The Bluebook which is the very popular legal citation guide that is compiled by the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Review and University of Pennsylvania Law Review. The Bluebook is an excellent resource to refer to when looking for legal abbreviations.
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