Use of acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms within the legal profession is commonplace. These are used for various reasons. Some are just convenient ways to save time or space when writing documents, others are useful in certain situations but have evolved over time as lawyers have tried to establish their own individual styles of language use. However some abbreviations do not necessarily help with clarity but instead confuse people who read them initially before understanding what they mean once they become familiar with them. It is important that you know which type of abbreviation you should use depending on the situation and your intended audience (if any).
There can be a lot to consider if it’s unclear whether an abbreviation should be used at all during a case; each one has its own meaning and purpose so we will break down some commonly-used ones below:
The most common types of abbreviation that lawyers use often include these: