Dictating Citations With Dragon

Dragon® NaturallySpeaking Legal contains support for dictating legal citations. There is nothing in the user documentation to explain how to formulate citations, because they are used commonly in the legal practice. However, we thought Dragon users might benefit from some examples of how to dictate citations.

Listed below are some examples of legal citations and how to dictate them. In some cases, there is more than one way to dictate the citation, especially the number references. Note that you can pause while dictating a citation, since the formatting rules are applied after the citation is complete.


Examples of Citations

262 Ala. 285 (1987)
“two hundred sixty two Alabama two hundred eighty five nineteen eighty seven”
“two sixty two Alabama two eighty five nineteen eighty seven”
731 P.2d 597 (Alaska Ct. App. 1987)
“Seven three one Pacific second five ninety seven Alaska court of appeals nineteen eighty seven”
5 Cal. App. 4th 1
“five california appeals fourth one”
“five california court of appeals fourth one”
“five california appeals court fourth one”
404 N.E.2d 65 (Ind. Ct. App. 1980)
“four oh four northeast second sixty five indiana court of appeals nineteen eighty”

687 A.2d 47 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 1996)
“six eighty seven atlantic second forty seven pennsylvania commonwealth court nineteen ninety six”
389 A.2d 1304 (Del. Ch. 1978)
“three eight nine atlantic second one three oh four delaware chancery nineteen seventy eight”
146 A.D.2d 537
“one four six appellate division second five three seven”
44 S.Ct. 131
“forty four supreme court one thirty one”
1140 F. Supp. 1140
“one thousand one hundred forty federal supplement one thousand one hundred forty”
5520 Cal. Rptr.2d 3100 (Fla. 1988)
“fifty five twenty california reporter second three thousand one hundred florida nineteen eighty eight”
140 Am. Jur. 5770 (Ohio 1920)
“one forty american jurisprudence fifty seven seventy ohio nineteen twenty”
223 U.S.P.Q. 3d 365 (1990)
“two twenty three US patent quarterly three sixty five nineteen ninety”
Fed. R. Crim. P. 1
“federal rule of criminal procedure one”


Capitalized Phrases

The formatting rules also capitalize many common legal phrases. Attorneys can dictate these phrases without having to use special commands to make them capitalized.

Appeals Court
Article n [where n is a number from 1 to 10 and is converted to a Roman numeral]
Articles of Organization
Assistant District Attorney
Bankruptcy Code
Bankruptcy Court
Brief for Petitioner
Brief for Respondent
Building Code
Certificate of Service
Certificate of Title
Circuit Court
Civil Rights
Commerce Clause
Consumer Protection Act
Court of Appeals
District Attorney
District Court
District Court of Appeals
Exhibit nn [where nn is a number from 1 to 99]
Fair Housing Act
Federal Constitution
Federal Court
Federal District Court
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure
Federal Rules of Evidence
General Laws
Habeas Corpus
Internal Revenue
Motion for Summary Judgment
Municipal Court
Notary Public
Notice of Appeal
Notice of Hearing
Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
Petition for Writ of Mandamus
Rules of Civil Procedure
Rules of Criminal Procedure
Rules of Evidence
Sentencing Guidelines
Supreme Court
Uniform Commercial Code


Verification Source and Date

In-house testing, 05/2012