Neutral Citation Law and Legal Definition

Neutral citation refers to a citation that identifies judgments independently of any series of reports, and cites only parties, year of judgment, court and case number. It is a primary legal citation for a particular court which is designed for electronic database and Internet retrieval, and intended to be referred to first. The advent of electronic publication on the Internet has encouraged many courts to publish their decision directly rather than relying on the selection and publication by privately-owned law report publishers.