meaning of the symbol §

Spanish translation: "section" of a law or code

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English term or phrase:meaning of the symbol §
Spanish translation:"section" of a law or code
Entered by: Rebecca Jowers

17:08 Sep 21, 2006
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
Law/Patents - Law (general)
English term or phrase: meaning of the symbol §
this symbol appears to mean Clause or Article. Want to know for sure
Antonio J. Pérez
"section" of a law or code
Explanation:
I believe you will see that this is not the paragraph symbol, which is rendered as: ¶ (paragraph symbol).

The symbol you show in your question stands for "section" (in a law or code).

It's use is explained in a text on legal citation as follows:

These codified versions of statutes are cited in the already familiar format, but with necessary variations. For instance, the federal criminal provisions prohibiting the use of mail or wire communications during commission of a crime will be found in Title 18 among the other defined crimes, respectively 18 U.S.C. § 1341 and 18 U.S.C. § 1343 (i.e., "sections" 1341 and 1343 respectively). NB: The section symbol, " § ," can be computer produced by keying in "Alt-21" using the keyboard's numeric keypad, not the number keys across the keyboard's top.

www.rodborlase.com/Guides/CitingToLegalMaterials.html





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Other articles explaining the use of the section symbol in legal citation:

... in an abbreviated form called a legal citation, such as 20 Md. 101. ... and section (preceded by the section symbol §) with further subdivisions as ...
www.lib.umd.edu/guides/MDAnnCodes.html

section called “The Bluepages: An Introduction to Basic Legal Citation. ... underlined in a citation to a statute and that the section symbol (§) is used. ...
faculty.washington.edu/jam06/LRW/Fall2005/syllabi/Users-Guide-1.pdf

United States of America - Melbourne International Law Citation Manual
Use the section symbol § instead of ‘s’ and, similarly, §§ instead of ‘s’. ... Random page; Official MJIL page; mjil.org; Australian Guide to Legal Citation ...
www.mjil.org/wiki/index.php/United_States_of_America

But that number is not included in the legal citation. ... Always leave a space between the section symbol (§) and the section number that follows.
jury.lel.net/library/lrclasses/ALWDadminregs.ppt

The Purpose of Legal Citation. Why cite? A necessary element in any type of ... US Code or to a federal regulation, the section symbol (“§”) should be used. ...
www.txpd.org/TPJ/25/hot_cites.htm

Legal citations are written in accordance with generally accepted legal citation style and refer to section numbers (§ section symbol) with the relevant ...
legistar.cityofgainesville.org/attachments/2333.pdf

A statutory citation usually includes the name of the code or code abbreviation , the section symbol ( § ) , title , chapter , or section numbers , and , in ...
www.delmarlearning.com/companions/content/0766854558/resour...

The main source of authority on legal citation for the past seventy-five years is ... b. section symbol (§). c. the year of the publication or supplement ...
www.suu.edu/faculty/franklinc/plgl2000/chap08.rtf





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Typo above: should read "Its use..."

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I see that Henry believes that the section symbol § can mean both "paragraph" and "section", but I believe it is important here not to confuse two different symbols that are used in standard legal citation, one being the section symbol (§), and the other being the paragraph symbol ( ¶). I think from the references I provided above that it is clear that the symbol in question (§) means "section" in legal citation. In contrast I believe that you will see that the symbol ¶ is the symbol used to mean "paragraph", not only in editing and proofreading contexts, but also in legal citation:

Legal Citation of Wisconsin Court Cases. Legal Citation of Wisconsin Court Cases ... To insert the paragraph symbol ( ¶) in an MS Word document, ...
law.marquette.edu/cgi-bin/site.pl?2130&pageID=104

Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 2nd ed (Melbourne : Melbourne University ... Include the CCH ¶ paragraph symbol if relevant. ...
wwwlib.murdoch.edu.au/find/citation/citation2004.pdf

Making a Federal Case out of It: Finding Court Opinions
... in which year and the opinion number and paragraph (symbol: ¶) of the document being cited. ... Introduction to Basic Legal Citation by Peter W. Martin. ...
www.sls.lib.il.us/reference/por/features/2000/caselaw.html

In addition, practitioners are urged to consult Manual on Style for Legal Citation in New ... A comma and then a paragraph symbol (¶) ...
www.alwdmanual.com/books/dickerson_alwd/appendices/Appendix... -

See German legal citation As in most countries, Germany has a standard way of citing ... The paragraph symbol, the pilcrow, is ¶. In HTML, a new paragraph is ...
www.economicexpert.com/a/Paragraph:175.htm




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Form of Citation
Note: The standard style uses the paragraph symbol ("¶") as an ... Note: The standard style uses the section symbol ("§") as an abbreviation for section. ...
www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/citation.htm

The Section Symbol (§) can be used in the text when referring to a provision in the US ... but should never precede a § (section) or ¶ (paragraph) symbol. ...
www.eba-net.org/ELJ_styleManual.php

Legal section symbol § Percentage symbol ‰ Japanese Yen symbol ¥ Paragraph symbol ¶. I can even insert aditional horizontal spaces ...
www.angelfire.com/extreme5/samirons/WEBPAGE.HTM



(Non-legal contexts:)

Windows International Keyboard Codes
Registered symbol, RightAlt+R. ¶, Paragraph Symbol. RightAlt+; RightAlt, then semicolon key. §, Section Symbol, Shift+RightAlt+S ...
tlt.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accents/codeint.html

The ANSI Character Set
167, §, section symbol, 231, ç, c cedilla. 168, ¨, diaeresis, 232, è, e grave ... 182, ¶, pilcrow (paragraph symbol), 246, ö, o diaeresis ...
www.fingertipsoft.com/3dkbd/ansitable.html

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Rebecca Jowers
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5 +4"section" of a law or code
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"section" of a law or code


Explanation:
I believe you will see that this is not the paragraph symbol, which is rendered as: ¶ (paragraph symbol).

The symbol you show in your question stands for "section" (in a law or code).

It's use is explained in a text on legal citation as follows:

These codified versions of statutes are cited in the already familiar format, but with necessary variations. For instance, the federal criminal provisions prohibiting the use of mail or wire communications during commission of a crime will be found in Title 18 among the other defined crimes, respectively 18 U.S.C. § 1341 and 18 U.S.C. § 1343 (i.e., "sections" 1341 and 1343 respectively). NB: The section symbol, " § ," can be computer produced by keying in "Alt-21" using the keyboard's numeric keypad, not the number keys across the keyboard's top.

www.rodborlase.com/Guides/CitingToLegalMaterials.html





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Note added at 38 mins (2006-09-21 17:46:12 GMT)
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Other articles explaining the use of the section symbol in legal citation:

... in an abbreviated form called a legal citation, such as 20 Md. 101. ... and section (preceded by the section symbol §) with further subdivisions as ...
www.lib.umd.edu/guides/MDAnnCodes.html

section called “The Bluepages: An Introduction to Basic Legal Citation. ... underlined in a citation to a statute and that the section symbol (§) is used. ...
faculty.washington.edu/jam06/LRW/Fall2005/syllabi/Users-Guide-1.pdf

United States of America - Melbourne International Law Citation Manual
Use the section symbol § instead of ‘s’ and, similarly, §§ instead of ‘s’. ... Random page; Official MJIL page; mjil.org; Australian Guide to Legal Citation ...
www.mjil.org/wiki/index.php/United_States_of_America

But that number is not included in the legal citation. ... Always leave a space between the section symbol (§) and the section number that follows.
jury.lel.net/library/lrclasses/ALWDadminregs.ppt

The Purpose of Legal Citation. Why cite? A necessary element in any type of ... US Code or to a federal regulation, the section symbol (“§”) should be used. ...
www.txpd.org/TPJ/25/hot_cites.htm

Legal citations are written in accordance with generally accepted legal citation style and refer to section numbers (§ section symbol) with the relevant ...
legistar.cityofgainesville.org/attachments/2333.pdf

A statutory citation usually includes the name of the code or code abbreviation , the section symbol ( § ) , title , chapter , or section numbers , and , in ...
www.delmarlearning.com/companions/content/0766854558/resour...

The main source of authority on legal citation for the past seventy-five years is ... b. section symbol (§). c. the year of the publication or supplement ...
www.suu.edu/faculty/franklinc/plgl2000/chap08.rtf





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Note added at 40 mins (2006-09-21 17:48:11 GMT)
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Typo above: should read "Its use..."

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Note added at 1 hr (2006-09-21 18:15:29 GMT)
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I see that Henry believes that the section symbol § can mean both "paragraph" and "section", but I believe it is important here not to confuse two different symbols that are used in standard legal citation, one being the section symbol (§), and the other being the paragraph symbol ( ¶). I think from the references I provided above that it is clear that the symbol in question (§) means "section" in legal citation. In contrast I believe that you will see that the symbol ¶ is the symbol used to mean "paragraph", not only in editing and proofreading contexts, but also in legal citation:

Legal Citation of Wisconsin Court Cases. Legal Citation of Wisconsin Court Cases ... To insert the paragraph symbol ( ¶) in an MS Word document, ...
law.marquette.edu/cgi-bin/site.pl?2130&pageID=104

Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 2nd ed (Melbourne : Melbourne University ... Include the CCH ¶ paragraph symbol if relevant. ...
wwwlib.murdoch.edu.au/find/citation/citation2004.pdf

Making a Federal Case out of It: Finding Court Opinions
... in which year and the opinion number and paragraph (symbol: ¶) of the document being cited. ... Introduction to Basic Legal Citation by Peter W. Martin. ...
www.sls.lib.il.us/reference/por/features/2000/caselaw.html

In addition, practitioners are urged to consult Manual on Style for Legal Citation in New ... A comma and then a paragraph symbol (¶) ...
www.alwdmanual.com/books/dickerson_alwd/appendices/Appendix... -

See German legal citation As in most countries, Germany has a standard way of citing ... The paragraph symbol, the pilcrow, is ¶. In HTML, a new paragraph is ...
www.economicexpert.com/a/Paragraph:175.htm




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Note added at 1 hr (2006-09-21 18:34:06 GMT)
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Form of Citation
Note: The standard style uses the paragraph symbol ("¶") as an ... Note: The standard style uses the section symbol ("§") as an abbreviation for section. ...
www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/citation.htm

The Section Symbol (§) can be used in the text when referring to a provision in the US ... but should never precede a § (section) or ¶ (paragraph) symbol. ...
www.eba-net.org/ELJ_styleManual.php

Legal section symbol § Percentage symbol ‰ Japanese Yen symbol ¥ Paragraph symbol ¶. I can even insert aditional horizontal spaces ...
www.angelfire.com/extreme5/samirons/WEBPAGE.HTM



(Non-legal contexts:)

Windows International Keyboard Codes
Registered symbol, RightAlt+R. ¶, Paragraph Symbol. RightAlt+; RightAlt, then semicolon key. §, Section Symbol, Shift+RightAlt+S ...
tlt.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accents/codeint.html

The ANSI Character Set
167, §, section symbol, 231, ç, c cedilla. 168, ¨, diaeresis, 232, è, e grave ... 182, ¶, pilcrow (paragraph symbol), 246, ö, o diaeresis ...
www.fingertipsoft.com/3dkbd/ansitable.html



Rebecca Jowers
Spain
Local time: 10:50
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agree  Dyran Altenburg (X): They are indeed two different symbols, for two different things (section and paragraph, respectively). This is the right answer.
53 mins
  -> Thanks Dyran

agree  Nunu
3 hrs
  -> Gracias Nunu

agree  Verónica Echegaray
7 hrs
  -> Gracias Verónica

agree  Roxanna Delgado
2 days 4 hrs
  -> Gracias Roxanna
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