The Next Generation of Legal Citations: A Survey of Internet Citations in the Opinions of the Washington Supreme Court and Washington Appellate Courts, 1999-2005

Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2007

19 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2008 Last revised: 25 May 2010

Tina Ching

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: November 21, 2008

Abstract

As more legal research is conducted online, it is reasonable to conclude that there will be a corresponding increase in citations to the Internet by judges in their opinions. With the widespread public use of the Internet to access information along with the constant changes and impermanence of websites, citing to the Internet should be an issue of increasing concern to the legal community across the country. This paper surveys the types of Internet sources the Washington state Supreme Court and Appellate Court justices are citing. It discusses the interrelated issues of link rot and the impermanence of web pages, citation format, authentication and preservation of online electronic legal information.

Keywords: citation, authentication, preservation, link rot, internet, web pages, legal research

Suggested Citation

Ching, Tina, The Next Generation of Legal Citations: A Survey of Internet Citations in the Opinions of the Washington Supreme Court and Washington Appellate Courts, 1999-2005 (November 21, 2008). Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Vol. 9, No. 2, Fall 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1305277

Tina Ching (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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