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Bluebook Quick Reference: Abbreviations and How-tos


Below is a list of State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals abbreviations.  If you prefer to search by State Supreme Court or Court of Appeals exclusively, click on the links in the left hand navigation bar for Supreme Court or Court of Appeals abbreviations.

Court Abbreviations

Court Abbreviation
Alabama Supreme Court Ala.
Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Ala. Civ. App.
Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals        Ala. Crim. App.


Alaska Supreme Cout Alaska
Alaska Court of Appeals Alaska Ct. App.


Arizona Surpreme Courts Ariz.
Arizona Court of Appeals Ariz. Ct. App. 


Arkansas Supreme Court Ark.
Arkansas Court of Appeals Ark. Ct. App.


California Supreme Court Cal.

California Court of Appeal

Cal. Ct. App.



Colorado Supreme Court Colo.
Colorado Court of Appeals Colo. App.


Connecticut Supreme Court Conn.
Connecticut Appellate Court Conn. App. Ct.


Delaware Supreme Court Del.
Delaware Court of Chancery Del. Ch.


District of Columbia Court of Appeals D.C.


Florida Supreme Court Fla.
Florida District Court of Appeal

Fla. Dist. Ct. App.



Georgia Supreme Court Ga.
Georgia Court of Appeals

Ga. Ct. App.



Hawaii Supreme Court Haw.
Hawaii Court of Appeals Haw. Ct. App.



Idaho Supreme Court Idaho
Idaho Court of Appeals Idaho Ct. App.



Illinois Supreme Court Ill.
Illinois Appellate Court Ill. App. Ct.



Indiana Supreme Court Ind.
Indiana Court of Appeals Ind. Ct. App.



Iowa Supreme Court Iowa
Iowa Court of Appeals Iowa Ct. App.



Kansas Supreme Court Kan.
Kansas Court of Appeals Kan. Ct. App.



Kentucky Supreme Court Ky.
Kentucky Court of Appeals Ky. Ct. App.



Louisiana Supreme Court La.
Louisiana Court of Appeal La. Ct. App.



Maine Supreme Court Me.
Maine No appellate court



Supreme Court Md.
Court of Appeals (before 12/14/2022)
Appellate Court of Maryland  Md. App. Ct.
Maryland Court of Special Appeals (before 12/14/2022)  Md. Ct. Spec. App.



Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court       Mass.
Massachusetts Appeals Court Mass. App. Ct.



Michigan Supreme Court Mich.
Michigan Court of Appeals Mich. Ct. App.



Minnesota Supreme Court Minn.
Minnesota Court of Appeals Minn. Ct. App.



Mississippi Supreme Court  Miss.
Mississippi Court of Appeals Miss. Ct. App.



Missouri Supreme Court Mo.
Missouri Court of Appeals Mo. Ct. App.



Montana Supreme Court Mont.
Montana No appellate court



Nebraska Supreme Court Neb.
Nebraska Court of Appeals Neb. Ct. App.



Nevada Supreme Court Nev,
Nevada No appellate court



New Hampshire Supreme Court N.H.
New Hampshire No appellate court



New Jersey Supreme Court N.J.
New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Divsion       N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div.
New Mexico Supreme Court N.M.
New Mexico Court of Appeals N.M. Ct. App.



New York Court of Appeals N.Y.
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division N.Y. App. Div.



North Carolina Supreme Court N.C.
North Carolina Court of Appeals N.C. Ct. App.



North Dakota Supreme Court


Court of Appeals of North Dakota

N.D. Ct. App.




Ohio Supreme Court Ohio
Ohio Court of Appeals Ohio Ct. App.



Oklahoma Supreme Court   Okla.
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Okla. Crim. App.
Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals Okla. Civ. App.



Oregon Supreme Court Or.
Oregon Court of Appeals Or. Ct. App.



Pennsylvania Supreme Court Pa.
Pennsylvania Superior Court Pa. Super. Ct.



Rhode Island Supreme Court R.I.
Rhode Island No appellate court



South Carolina Supreme Court S.C.
South Carolina Court of Appeals S.C. Ct. App.



South Dakota Supreme Court S.D.
South Dakota No appellate court



Tennessee Supreme Court Tenn.
Tennessee Court of Appeals Tenn. Ct. App.



Texas Supreme Court Tex.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Tex. Crim. App.
Texas Courts of Appeals Tex. App.



Utah Supreme Court Utah
Utah Court of Appeals Utah Ct. App.



Vermont Supreme Court Vt.
Vermont No appellate court
Virginia Supreme Court Va. 
Virginia Court of Appeals Va. Ct. App.



Washington Supreme Court Wash.
Washington Court of Appeals Wash. Ct. App.



West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals W. Va.
West Virginia    No appellate court



Wisconsin Supreme Court Wis.
Wisconsin Court of Appeals Wis. Ct. App.



Wyoming Supreme Court Wyo.
Wyoming    No appellate court