Thursday, February 15, 2007

Court of Appeals

In Texas, we call it a court of appeals, not a court of appeal. Thus the possessive becomes a problem. One commenter and others I have consulted prefer this form for a singular possessive:
  • the court of appeals' opinion
which looks better than--
  • the court of appeals's opinion
but others always write around it--
  • the opinion of the court of appeals
By the way, if you are talking about two courts, it's--
  • the courts of appeals

As you can see, the exciting issues in legal-writing are endless. Here I am. Rock me like a hurricane.

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