Trenton, MI asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Michigan

Q: I was wondering how to cite this case seeing as it has no respondent.

I am writing a paper for my AP Research course, but because there is no respondent I am unsure how to do so. In case you are unable to see what case I am referring to it is Courtney Wild's Petition for Writ of Mandamus to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Thank you for any help you may be able to offer.

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Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Dexter, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: To cite a case in the form used in a legal brief, refer to "A Uniform System of Citation", also known as the Blue Book. A style guide for writers may be useful, depending upon the preference of your instructor and the rules you have been asked to use.

If you look up the case you will see whether it is styled as a traditional adversarial matter (such as Smith v. Jones) or in a format such as "In the matter of Courtney Wild" or "In re Courtney Wild", which is used for cases in which the parties are not aligned adversely as in the typical lawsuit.

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