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Q: meaning of squigly symbol in annals of legal speak ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: meaning of squigly symbol in annals of legal speak
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: grthumongous-ga
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Posted: 14 Jan 2005 08:18 PST
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Question ID: 457182
What is the meaning and pronunciation of the following symbol often
found in bills passed by Congress:

Does it mean section, subsection, schedule?
Depending on font the symbol may appear in slightly different conformations.
Subject: Re: meaning of squigly symbol in annals of legal speak
Answered By: markj-ga on 14 Jan 2005 09:18 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
grthumongous --

The symbol is the standard designation for "section" in federal and
state legislation.

Here are links to a couple of good sources, among many others, for
that piece of information:

"Citations to statutes and regulations look similar to case citations,
but you interpret them differently. A statutory or regulatory citation
includes a title or chapter number, an abbreviation for the code in
which the law appears, a section number, and, in parentheses, the
publication date of the code. The name of the law or regulation may be
included at the beginning of the citation.

Example: Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act of 1998, 15 USC
 6501 et seq. (2000).

Name of the law: Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act of 1998 
Title number: 15 
Abbreviated title of the code: USC, represents the United States Code 
Section number: 6501; the "" symbol stands for "section"; "et seq."
stands for "and the sections following"
Year: 2000"

U. of Washington: Legal Research Sources for Law in the Digital Age

A New Hampshire attorney has taken the time to create a handy citation
guide based on the standard "Blue Book" (which is not available
online).  Here is the very brief relevant excerpt:

" section number 
There is one blank space between the section symbol and the number. ,  ,  , 
It is conventional to denote subsections with lower-case letters of
the alphabet. The second sublevel of organization uses numbers. The
third sublevel uses upper-case letters. The fourth sublevel uses
lower-case roman numerals. Enclose each level of organization in
separate parentheses. For example:
17 U.S.C.  102(a)(1)."

Legal Research and Citation Style in USA, by Ronald M. Standler 

Search Strategy:

Since I have legal training, I knew the answer to the question, so I
spent my research time looking for some good sources, so that you
wouldn't have to take my word for it.

Here are two of the searches I used, among others:

statute symbol section

law "stands for section"

I am very confident that this is the correct answer, but if anything
is unclear, please ask for clarification before rating it.

grthumongous-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
thanks markj for the quick and thorough answer.

Subject: Re: meaning of squigly symbol in annals of legal speak
From: markj-ga on 14 Jan 2005 09:37 PST
grthumongous --

You're quite welcome, and thanks for the stars and the tip.

Subject: Re: meaning of squigly symbol in annals of legal speak
From: probonopublico-ga on 14 Jan 2005 11:15 PST
Legal 'speak'?

Surely, legal WRITE?

I've never heard anyone SPEAK a Squigly.

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