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Writing for the Court
The title of this book is deliberately ambiguous. Judges write for the court. Their clerks write for the court. But counsel, too, are most effective when they write for the court – that is, when they assist the court in producing judgments that are persuasive, just, and likely to withstand scrutiny on appeal. For this reason, the structural, stylistic, and analytical advice given in this book applies equally to writers on both sides of the bench. The advice applies equally to common law and civil law jurisdictions.
Writing for the Court consists of two sections: Practice and Theory. The advice given in Part I is both practical and original, emphasizing the importance of issue-identification as the first step in preparing a submission or a judgment. The pattern of organisation proposed in this section will assist judges and lawyers in solving their most vexing challenge: reducing the chaos of litigation to a concise, clear, and coherent analysis.
Part II explains a radically innovative theory of language, law, and logic, placing legal reasoning between the more precise disciplines of science and mathematics and the freewheeling discourse of literature.
|Country of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publication Date||Dec 31, 2009|
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