September 20, 2011

Proposal to abolish the Yellow Book goes down to defeat

As we mentioned here, a resolution was recently placed before the Conference of California Bar Associations to recommend legislation amending the Rules of Court and the Government Code to require that all legal citations in documents filed in California courts be in the style of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. The goal of the measure was to do away with the California Style Manual, better known as the “Yellow Book,” which sets forth the preferred citation style in California appellate courts.

The proposal came up for a vote at the Conference’s meeting last week at the Queen Mary. As reported by Nate Scott yesterday on the Southern California Appellate News blog, after a “spirited” presentation by the measure’s proponent and “a few minutes of lively, respectful debate,” the measure failed. So, Yellow Book fans, your preferred citation style is safe, at least for the time being. And if you choose to depart from convention by using The Bluebook instead, well, as Scott reports, the opponents of the measure argued that “our willingness to reject conformity and follow or own path is one of the things that makes this state great.”

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