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Thursday, March 31, 2016

(Unauthorized) Supreme Court Style Manual Published for the First Time


The Supreme Court Style Manual, an internal legal writing manual used by justices and law clerks of the Supreme Court, has been copied and for the first time made available for purchase.  A member of the Supreme Court Bar claims to have photocopied the manual in the private Supreme Court Library to create a text for publication.

Reports note that the style manual is considered an internal document by the Supreme Court, not one for general use, and that this is an unauthorized publication:
The manual, prepared by the office of the court’s Reporter of Decisions, states explicitly that it is “the property of the Supreme Court of the United States and is not for publication. It is intended solely for the use of the staff of the Court, and copies should not be distributed except to members of that staff.”
Copies of the manual are numbered and assigned to specific recipients at the court, presumably to prevent it from being circulated outside the court.
The Supreme Court has not made any comment regarding the publication.

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