Use Del. C. for statutes when filing in Delaware


When filing a brief in Delaware state court, note the local citation rules specify an unusual abbreviation and format for citations to the statutes comprising the Delaware Code. In Table T.1 he Bluebook states that this form should be used:

Del. Code Ann. tit. 6, § 1-101

. . . but the Guide to the Delaware Rules of Legal Citation in the Superior Court of Delaware, (2nd ed. 2004) adopted by the Superior Court of Delaware, and available on the Delaware state courts' website, https://courts.delaware.gov/superior/pdf/citation_guide.pdf , directs you italicize both case names and the Delaware Code. On page 24, this format is specified:

14. Del. C. § 101

The difference between this condensed abbreviation and the longer form specified by the Bluebook is specifically noted on page 20:


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