Supra Law and Legal Definition

Latin word meaning “above.” It refers a reader to an earlier part of a book. In legal briefs and decisions supra refers to the citation of a court decision which has been previously mentioned. For example, when a case is first cited it will be referred to as David v. United States, (1995) 242 U. S. 350, meaning it can be found in volume 242 of the United States Reports (of the Supreme Court) at page 350 and was decided in 1995. The next time the same case is cited in the very same document, it will be cited as David v. United States, supra.