Date: 21 Sep 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] law_nerd
Interesting that one would use different styles for different levels of court.

In all the Canadian style guides I've seen, the abbreviation for versus is the same whether it's the Supreme Court or Small Claims Court ... and whether the case cited is from Canada or from somewhere else. The trend has been to simpify citations -- in theory to make it easier for individuals who are self-representing to find caselaw and to cite it correctly. When I went to law school in the late 90's we were told that the style had just gone from vs. to v., and in a citation where the parties' names were in italic, the v. was to be plain. Next step was to make everything italic, and then most recently to drop the period.

And, yes, writing and editing nerd wars are as bloody as any other kind. Perhaps even more so, as we've been arguing over things like the Oxford comma for a lot longer than anyone's argued Mac/PC or Ninja/Pirate.
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