Citation Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Citation.

Citation (noun):

  1. A reference to past court decisions, laws, or legal texts that help form the basis for a current trial or legal argument.

  2. A formal notice issued by a court requiring a person involved in a lawsuit to appear in court. This can be for minor offenses, civil cases, or criminal cases. Non-compliance can result in an arrest warrant.

  3. The act of directly quoting words or phrases that have been previously stated or written by someone else.