ci·ta·tion /sī-'tā-shən/ n
1: a writ giving notice to a person to appear in court: as
a: a process served upon an interested party in a probate proceeding
b: a notice to a person that he or she is charged with a petty offense (as a traffic violation); also: the document embodying the notice
◇ Citations are issued in minor criminal cases as an alternative to arrest. Often a person may consent in writing to the penalty specified on the citation and forgo an appearance in court.
2: the citing of a previously decided case or recognized legal authority as support for an argument; also: the caption used for referring to such a case or authority esp. as published in a reporter
ci·ta·tion·al /-shə-nəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (attribution) noun ascription, assignment, credit, derivation, designation, mention, organization, parentage, quotation, reference, source associated concepts: citation of authorities, citation of tables II (charge) noun command to appear, decree, dictate, interpellation, legal process, mandate, mittimus, monition, notice, notice to appear, notification, official notice, ordination, precept prescript, prescription, rescript, subpoena, ukase, warrant, writ, writ of summons associated concepts: citation for a crime, citation for a violation, citation for contempt III index accusation, canon, certification (certification of proficiency), charge (accusation), complaint, count, direction (order), excerpt, mention (tribute), monition (legal summons), paraphrase, presentment, process (summons), recognition, subpoena, summons

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A reference in a legal document or argument to a legal authority such as a precedent or statute.
(2) A summons issued by a court ordering its recipient to appear in court at a specified date and time.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1. the procedure of serving notice of court proceedings on a person, instructing them to attend.
2. reference to a precedent or other authority in a court or legal writing.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A police-issued order to appear in court to defend against a charge. Failure to appear can result in a warrant for the citee's arrest, but often a person may consent to the penalty in writing and forgo an appearance in court.
2) A court-issued writ that commands a person to appear in court to do something demanded in the writ or to show cause for not doing so.
3) A reference to a legal authority, such as a case or statute.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 A writ issued by a court ordering a person to appear at a specific time and place and, at that time and place, do a specific act or to show the court sufficient cause why he or she cannot do so or should not be required to do so.
2 An order issued by a law enforcement officer to appear in court at a specific time to defend oneself against the criminal allegations contained in the order.
See also summons.
3 A reference to a legal authority, such as a statute, court decision, or treatise, that supports or contradicts a legal argument or position.
See also Bluebook, the.
@ parallel citation
An additional reference to a court decision that has been published in more than one reporter. For example, the citation for the United States Supreme Court's famous Miranda case is Miranda v. Arizona (1966), with the main citation to the United States Reports and with parallel citations to the Supreme Court Reporter and to the Lawyer's Edition.
@ pinpoint citation
The reference to a specific page where a particular quote or passage is found in a judicial decision. For example, in Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436, 444-445 (1966), the numbers 444 and 445 are the pinpoint citation to the pages where the rule is enunciated.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A paper commonly used in various courts—such as a probate, matrimonial, or traffic court—that is served upon an individual to notify him or her that he or she is required to appear at a specific time and place.
Reference to a legal authority—such as a case, constitution, or treatise—where particular information may be found.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A paper commonly used in various courts—such as a probate, matrimonial, or traffic court—that is served upon an individual to notify him or her that he or she is required to appear at a specific time and place.
Reference to a legal authority—such as a case, constitution, or treatise—where particular information may be found.
II A writ or order issued by a court commanding the person named therein to appear at the time and place named; also the written reference to legal authorities, precedents, reported cases, etc., in briefs or other legal documents.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) a notice to appear in court due to the probable commission of a minor crime such as a traffic violation, drinking liquor in a park where prohibited, letting a dog loose without a leash, and in some states for possession of a small amount of marijuana. Failure to appear can result in a warrant for the citee's arrest.
   2) a notice to appear in court in a civil matter in which the presence of a party appears necessary, usually required by statute, such as a person whose relatives wish to place him/her under a conservatorship (take over and manage his/her affairs).
   3) the act of referring to (citing) a statute, precedent-setting case or legal textbook, in a brief (written legal court statement) or argument in court, called "citation of authority."
   4) the section of the statute or the name of the case as well as the volume number, the report series and the page number of a case referred to in a brief, points and authorities, or other legal argument. Example: United States vs. Wong Kim Ark, (1898) 169 U.S. 649, which is the name of the case, the year when decided, with the decision found at volume 169 of the United States [Supreme Court] Reporter at page 649. A citation also refers to the case itself, as in "counsel's citation of the Wong case is not in point."
   See also: cite

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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