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
Date Written: November 21, 2008
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
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