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Understanding Legal Citations: Citing to Regulations

A basic guide for interpreting and understanding citations to legal research sources.

Citing Regulations, Generally

Citations to regulations are very similar to citations to statutes, and often follow a similar citation convention to the jurisdiction's statutes. Like statutes, a jurisdiction usually has only one source or collection of regulations. All the regulations for all the agencies of that jurisdiction are then collected into that source.

All Federal regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

All Utah regulations are published in the Utah Administrative Code (Utah Admin. Code).

Citing Federal Regulations

All Federal regulations are collected into the Code of Federal Regulations or the CFR. The CFR is available online and in print. The print volumes are republished annually.

Like the United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations is arranged by title and section number. However, note that the titles in the Code of Federal Regulations do not correspond to the titles in the United States Code.

When citing to the Code of Federal Regulations, give the title number, the abbrevated code reference, the section number and the date of the code edition cited. See example below:

7 C.F.R. § 319.76 (2011).

This citation referers to section 319.76 of Title 7 of the 2011 Code of Federal Regulations.

For additional information, see R14 of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2010).

Citing Utah Regulations

Utah State regulations are all collected into the Utah Adminstrative Code. This code is published annually.

Like the Utah Code, the Utah Administrative Code is arranged by titles. Each title corresponds to a subject and within each title are a number of rules that relate to that subject. When citing to the Utah Administrative Code, give the Code name (in abbreviated form), the title reference, the rule number, and the section number.

For example, Title R333 of the Utah Adminstrative Code refers to banks. Within this title are several rules relating to banks, including Rule 9 which governs the indemnication of directors, officers and employees of banks. Within Rule 9 are a number of sections regulating indemnification. This is how to cite to this particular rule:

Utah Admin. Code R333-9-2 (2011).

This citation refers to section 2 of Rule 9 of Title R333 of the Utah Administrative Code. The regulation is current as of 2011.

For more information on citing to the Utah Adminstrative Code see T1, page 270, of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2010).

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