Oklahoma Makes It Official (But What Does That Signify?), by Peter Martin, Citing Legally Blog
For over 16 years Oklahoma appellate courts have attached non-proprietary, print-independent citation data to their decisions at the time of release, placed those decisions online at a public site, and required lawyers to cite state precedent using this contemporary system. Moreover, setting Oklahoma apart from other neutral citation pioneers, the judiciary staff applied neutral citations retrospectively to all prior decisions rendered during the print era, placed copies of them online as well, and encouraged but did not require that they also be cited by the new system. Until this year, however, the print reports of the National Reporter System remained the “official” version of Oklahoma decisions. As of January 1, 2014, sixty years after the Oklahoma Supreme Court designated the West Publishing Company as the ‘official publisher’ of its decisions, it revoked that designation.