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Skills Center: Case Reports by Citation

Citations tell you where a case is published. They typically come in the form of a volume number, reporter abbreviation and a page number, followed by the court and year in parentheses. For example, a typical citation for a Minnesota Supreme Court case in the North Western Reporter 2d Series might look something like this: A.B. v. C.D., 123 N.W.2d 456 (Minn. 20**).

Generally speaking, unless you have access to a fee-based propriety database such as Westlaw or Lexis, you will need to visit a law library to read the case. In addition to our Law Library, there are county law libraries located around the state. A librarian can help you locate the case. Another option for obtaining a copy would be to use our copy service.

Opinions of the Minnesota appellate courts begining with May of 1996 can be found on our Web Archive by name, date or docket number, but not by citation.

Related Topics: Case Reports, Free Online Sources; Case Reports by Party Name; Unpublished Decisions.


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