Citation of individual provision of U.S.C. [Rule 12]
Title number • abbreviation of code cited • section symbol and specific section cited • (date of code edition cited).
28 U.S.C. § 1291 (2000).
Statutes currently in force [Rule 12.2]
If possible, cite statute currently in force to the current official code or its supplement.
Otherwise, cite (in this order of preference): unofficial code or its supplement, the official session laws, privately published session laws (e.g., United States Code Congressional and Administrative News), a widely used computer database, an Internet source, or a newspaper.
Official new main edition of U.S.C. is published every 6 years, and annual supplement is published for each intervening year.
Statutes no longer in force [Rule 12.2]
Cite to current official or unofficial code if they still appear therein.
Otherwise, cite (in this order of preference): last edition of official or unofficial code in which statute appeared, the session laws, or a secondary source.
Note fact of invalidation, repeal, or amendment parenthetically.
Law of June 1, 1895, ch. 4322, § 23, 1895 Fla. Laws ch. 3, 20-21 (repealed 1969).
Clayton Act, ch. 323, § 7, 38 Stat. 730, 731-32 (1914) (current version at 15 U.S.C. § 18 (2000)).
Private laws [Rule 12.2]
Cite private laws to the session laws if therein; otherwise cite a secondary source.