What does "Dispense with formal citation" mean?
In various moot scenarios, I have observed the use of the phrase:
If it pleases the court, may we dispense with formal citation?
when referring to a different case.
I was wondering what exactly this means - I would assume something along the lines of "may I quote this case", but I observed this being said after a chief justice was quoted.
What does it mean? What formal citations are being dispensed?