This is a shortened paragraph from a case: "A useful tool, employed by many judges managing complex litigation, is the case management order. (See Weil & Brown, Cal. Practice Guide: Civil [55 Cal. App. 4th 1268] Procedure Before Trial (The Rutter Group 1996) ¶ 12:438 et seq.) Such an order, preferably made very early in the litigation, lays out a clear path and timetable …..The presence of these factors also tends to qualify a case …Case management orders [55 Cal. App. 4th 1269] also permit trial judges to carry out their responsibilities under Government Code section 68607, subdivision (a), to "[a]ctively monitor, supervise and control the movement of all cases ...." If I want to for example cite the part stating : "Such an order, preferably made very early in the litigation, lays out a clear path and timetable ….." would I here cite [55 Cal. App. 4th 1268] or [55 Cal. App. 4th 1269]?. I just wasn't sure if the citation comes after or before the paragraph I want cited. Feedback is appreciated. thank you
Cite the sources after the passages you quote. Sometimes, you may elect to use  to omit internal citations.
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You should cite the name of the case, the year, then 55 Cal. App. 4th (the page the case begins,) and then comma 1268. EG Smith v. Jones (1999) 24 Cal. App. 4th 34, 38.
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