# What is the proper way to cite a legal document?

I need to cite some decrees in my essay for philosophy of science class. I believe it is a common problem, so there should be a standardized way. Thanx.

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@Martin: For the moment, just believe me that you don't want the {citations} tag in this case. It's one of the next things we'll get sorted out. –  lockstep Feb 27 '11 at 14:43
What packages, if any, do you use to produce the bibliography? –  lockstep Feb 27 '11 at 14:45
And welcome to tex.sx! (I missed that because you already started with 101 rep.) –  lockstep Feb 27 '11 at 15:08
@lockstep Hi and thanks for the hospitality! I use the gost780 package ( ctan.org/tex-archive/biblio/bibtex/contrib/gost ), that style is required for the paper. –  overrider Mar 7 '11 at 16:39

Be aware that different countries have different systems of legal citation. The jurabib package that Martin mentions implements the legal citation style commonly used in Germany. Will Hardy has implemented The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) for biblatex.

The most widely used legal citation style in the United States is The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, published by the Columbia, Harvard, UPenn, and Yale law reviews. There have been some preliminary efforts to implement the necessary functionality in (La)TeX to implement the Bluebook style--notably Frank Bennett's initial effort, LexiTeX (circa 1993), and his subsequent effort, Camel (circa 1995)--but it seems that, as of about a month ago, there still is no satisfactory implementation of the Bluebook for (La)TeX.

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The jurabib package was written to cite legal and similar documents. But I think I heard once that it is now deprecated ...

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\begin{OT}I love how you capitalised "the Republic" :) As a German myself, I'm quite happy we narrowly escaped an all-black government but I still like the idea of a female Palpatine where nobody sees that she's clearly on the dark side.\end{OT} –  Christian Oct 13 at 14:49