Developments and Practice Notes

Constitutionality of "No-Citation" Rules

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No-citation rules raise serious constitutional concerns. Assuming that it is constitutional to designate an opinion as nonprecedential, it is not constitutional to prohibit citing an opinion. No-citation rules are unconstitutional for two reasons. The first, citation prohibitions interfere with a litigant’s First Amendment right of speech and petition. Second, citation prohibitions violate the separation of powers.


How to Cite: Katsh, S. M. & Chachkes, A. V. (2001) “Constitutionality of "No-Citation" Rules”, Journal of Appellate Practice and Process. 3(1).