Capitalize Supreme Courts?


If you are talking about multiple supreme courts, should you capitalize it?


For example should it be: "Texas and California supreme courts" or Texas and California Supreme Courts? 

asked Nov 03 '12 at 19:38 Jack New member

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Where's Jeff -- college football game. Chicago Manual of Style discusses implied proper names. Thinks of it this way, we capitalize a person's nickname even if it is not their proper name. The nickname is an implied substitute for the full name. Thus we capitalize Supreme Court when, by the context, we know we are talking about the Supreme Court of California.


When talking about two states together, it is indeed a gray area. My feeling is that it depends upon the context. If the context make it very specific -- the opinions of the Texas and California Supreme Courts -- I would capitalize. If the context suggests that you are making a more general reference -- say in  paragraph that includes references to many different courts -- I would leave lowercase.


I know of nothing that supports my opinion -- or contradicts it. Take it for what it's worth.

link comment answered Nov 04 '12 at 01:23 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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