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Oklahoma Supreme Court Designates Online Decisions Official Version

As of January 1, 2014, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has become the official publisher of the state’s appellate court decisions and will publish those decisions online through The Oklahoma State Courts Network. West Publishing had been the official publisher of Oklahoma appellate court decisions for 60 years, but is now considered an unofficial publisher. The Oklahoma Supreme Court decision, 2013 OK 109, states: “Effective January 1, 2014, the Oklahoma Supreme Court will become the official publisher of the decisions of this Court and the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. The official version of published decisions of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals will be published on the Oklahoma State Courts Network, www.oscn.net. Such decisions will become ‘official’ upon the placement of the respective court’s official seal of authentication at the beginning of the published decision.”

This change comes after similar decisions by a number of other state courts, including the Supreme Court of Illinois, which adopted a vendor neutral citation system in 2011.

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