California Style Manual
SubjectLegal citations
PublisherSupreme Court of California

The California Style Manual is an order of the California Supreme Court that acts as the "official organ for the styles to be used in the publication of the Official Reports".[1] Either The Bluebook or the Manual may be used in California state courts, so long as the same style is used consistently throughout the document.[2] However, some local courts or judges may prefer the use of the Manual.[3] The fourth and latest edition of the Manual, published in 2000 by West Group, is available online for free on the Sixth District Appellate Program webpage.


The California Style Manual was first published in 1942 by Bernard E. Witkin, who was the California Reporter of Decisions from 1940 to 1949. Originally intended primarily for court staff and the Reporter of Decisions themselves, the Manual soon became popular amongst attorneys. The second edition was written by William Nankervis in 1961, who served as Reporter from 1949 to 1969; the second revised and third editions were written by Robert E. Formichi in 1976 and 1986, respectively, during his term as Reporter from 1969 to 1989.[4]

The fourth and latest edition was published in 2000 by Edward W. Jessen, who served as Reporter from 1989 to 2014. The fifth edition will be written by Lawrence W. Striley, the current reporter of decisions since 2014, and will be published by LexisNexis under contract with the Supreme Court.[5]