AP Style Court Names

Capitalize the full proper names of courts at all levels.

Retain capitalization if U.S. or a state name is dropped. For example,

  • the U.S. Supreme Court
  • the Supreme Court
  • the state Superior Court
  • the Superior Court
  • Superior Court

For courts identified by a numeral. For example,

  • 2nd District Court
  • 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

For additional details on federal courts, see AP Style Judicial Branch.

See also AP Style Judge for guidelines on titles before the names of judges.

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