When abbreviating courts and reporters, you may notice some funny spacing...
Why are there spaces in "F. Supp. 2d" but not in "F.2d"?
According to R 6.1(a):
The Bluepages rules for case citations are under rule B10, starting on page 10 of your Bluebook.
Follow the rules below step by step to create a full citation. Remember, in legal citation "versus" is always abbreviated to "v." That rule is buried in the Bluebook! (hint: look at the middle of page 94)
Citation created from this:
When can you use a short form? If you have already provided a full citation to the authority, you can switch to a short form for later citations if the full citation falls in the same general discussion (ex. the legislative history subsection of the argument section of your appellate brief), and if the reader will be able to tell what authority you're refering to and find the full citation for herself. If in doubt, give a full citation.
Three basic short forms for cases:
Illinois courts have implemented a system of public-domain case citation for opinions issued on or after July 1, 2011. Opinions issued prior to July 1, 2011 are not subject to the new system and will continue to be cited as they have been in the past.
As of July 1, 2011, the official Illinois court reporters, Illinois Reports and Illinois Appellate Reports, are no longer being published. All opinions issued by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court on or after July 1, 2011, will be assigned a unique public-domain case designator and will be posted on the Supreme Court’s website.
When citing an Illinois court opinion issued on or after July 1, 2011, the public-domain case citation must be used. Parallel citations to the North Eastern Reporter and West’s Illinois Decisions may be included, but are not required. West Publishing Company will continue to publish all opinions issued by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court in both the North Eastern Reporter and in West’s Illinois Decisions. West will continue to assign key numbers to those opinions.
When citing an Illinois court opinion issued prior to July 1, 2011, continue to use the official Illinois Reports or Illinois Appellate Reports citation. Parallel citations to the North Eastern Reporter and West’s Illinois Decisions may be included, but are not required.