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Legal Research

Handy resources to help with legal research

Montana Judicial Branch

The highest court in the state is the Montana Supreme Court. Montana judicial courts include:


Citations for Case Law

                X vs. Y ___a____ ____b____ ____c____ (d)

a.       Volume

b.       Title of publication (see sample abbreviations at left)

c.        Page number

d.       Date in parenthesis


Citations for Statutes

                ____a____ ____b____ ____c____

a.       Title number

b.       Title of Publication

c.        Section


“Parallel citations” means an entry show two sources

Example: 452 N.M. 383, 822 P.2d 535

(this is the same statute, one entry is in NM Reports and the other in Pacific Reporter)


For legal citations to be mentioned in a body of writing: use the “Blue Book”, which is titled A Uniform System of Citation (KF245.B58 2005 Reference).