paragraph and section marks

Add a nonbreaking space

The para­graph mark is used when cit­ing doc­u­ments with sequen­tially num­bered para­graphs (e.g., dec­la­ra­tions or com­plaints).

The sec­tion mark § is used when cit­ing doc­u­ments with num­bered or let­tered sec­tions (e.g., statutes).

A para­graph mark or sec­tion mark should always be fol­lowed by a non­break­ing space. The nonbreaking space acts like glue that keeps the mark joined with the numeric ref­er­ence that fol­lows.

With­out the non­break­ing space, the mark and the ref­er­ence can end up on sep­a­rate lines or pages. This can con­fuse read­ers.

The defen­dant has the option under Civil Code §
1782 to offer a cor­rec­tion to affected buy­ers. But ¶
17 of the agree­ment sug­gests it is required.
wrong
The defen­dant has the option under Civil Code
§ 1782 to offer a cor­rec­tion to affected buy­ers. But
¶ 17 of the agree­ment sug­gests it is required.
right

If the para­graph or sec­tion ref­er­ence comes at the start of a sen­tence, don’t use the mark—spell out the whole word (Sec­tion 17200 applied to the trans­ac­tion, but § 17500 did not). In a ref­er­ence to mul­ti­ple para­graphs or sec­tions, dou­ble the mark ¶¶ or §§.