Legal Citations – The Parallel Citation

The last component of a proper case citation is the parallel citation. Essentially, the parallel citation is an alternate citation to the same case. It directs the reader to a second place where the case has been published.

The inclusion of a parallel citation serves those who may not have full access to an online database or printed case law reports. As such, you will often discover that a case has been published in several different places. A good rule of thumb is to include two parallel print reporter citations, as well as the neutral citation whenever it is available.

Fig 1.1 Parallel Citations

Screenshot of the Quicklaw website showing an example of a Parallel Citation.