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TTH
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Quick and Dirty Style Question

Postby TTH » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:35 am

When referring to the courts of a jurisdiction generally, do you capitalize the words federal and state courts


i.e.

"Occasionally, state and federal courts in Michigan cannot avoid enforcing douchebaggery laws against University of Michigan students, although not for lack of trying."

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Re: Quick and Dirty Style Question

Postby philosoraptor » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:39 am

No. Cap only if you're addressing the court or using the full name of the court.

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Re: Quick and Dirty Style Question

Postby TTH » Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:41 am

Thought so but wanted to double check. thanks.

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Re: Quick and Dirty Style Question

Postby leobowski » Thu Jun 09, 2011 9:43 pm

philosoraptor wrote:No. Cap only if you're addressing the court or using the full name of the court.


True, with a caveat. Capitalize "court" if referring to SCOTUS in the 3rd person.

e.g. the Court bla bla bla (if US SC)
but the court bla bla bla (if referring to any other court in 3rd person)




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