New York Official Reports

Law Reports Style Manual

For more than 50 years, the New York Law Reports Style Manual has been issued by the Law Reporting Bureau with the approval of the Court of Appeals as a guide for New York judges and their staffs in the preparation of opinions for publication in the Official Reports. It also prescribes the style applied by the LRB in editing the opinions for publication in the Reports. The Style Manual provides a guide for opinion writers and editors in five primary areas: citation, abbreviation, capitalization, quotation, and word style and usage. Additionally, it specifies for editors the format and typographical standards for the Reports.

The current version of the Style Manual, effective December 1, 2017, is available in HTML and Adobe PDF format below. The online version is updated annually. Information concerning the availability of print copies of the Style Manual may be obtained from the Law Reporting Bureau by email (, phone (518-453-6900), or mail (17 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207).

Current Style Manual

The HTML version of the 2017 edition of the Style Manual is fully hyperlinked and includes online search capabilities. The PDF version of the 2017 edition of the Style Manual may be viewed online or downloaded. A 2020 Cumulative Electronic Update to the 2017 edition is available in each of the versions.

2017 HTML Version

2017 PDF Version

Style Manual Archives

2012: HTML PDF

2007: HTML PDF

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