Chapter 39. Tables of Authorities


  • Marking citations

  • Long and short citation forms

  • Inserting a table of authorities

  • Formatting a table of authorities

  • Removing page numbers from a table of authorities

If you're reading this and wondering, "Do I need a table of authorities?" the answer is probably "No." If you're an attorney, a paralegal, or a legal assistant, you know the answer to that question. Unless you work in the legal field, however, you probably will never need to care about tables of authorities. Even so, if you're the least bit curious, you might be interested in discovering one of those things that lawyers do when they're not in court arguing with Perry Mason.

A table of authorities is a list of references in legal documents, such as briefs, certifications, court orders, and decisions. References include court cases, decisions, statutes, ordinances, articles, books, rules, and regulations, along with additional details necessary to enable the reader to see the connections being asserted.

A table of authorities works a bit like the Citations & Bibliography tools in that there are citations and a resulting table of authorities (like a categorized bibliography) that lists the references (authorities) upon which your arguments, assertions, and billing statements rely.

Creating a table of authorities is a two-step process:

  1. Mark citations.

  2. Insert/build the table of authorities.

Word 2007's table of authorities tools reside in the Table of Authorities group in the References ...

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