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Possessing the Court of Appeal(s)


You’d think we had better things to think about – but we don’t! (Actually, we do, but work with me here. “Word” people, so to speak, like this kind of thing 🙂

From which has better spacing than I’ve reproduced here:

In Texas, we call it a court of appeals, not a court of appeal.

Thus the possessive becomes a problem. One commenter and others I have consulted prefer this form for a singular possessive:

the court of appeals’ opinionwhich looks better than–

the court of appeals’s opinion

but others always write around it–

the opinion of the court of appeals

By the way, if you are talking about two courts, it’s– the courts of appeals”

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