Cases are so dense and full of information that you will find yourself spending considerable amounts of time rereading cases to find what you need. Date The full date of judgment is essential both as a matter of record and to avoid confusion between different cases with similar names or even different decisions in the course of the same litigation.
Footnotes In order to keep the length of the judgement within reasonable limits and to incorporate lengthy documents, textbooks passages or cases that may have been consulted or relied upon, it is often necessary to include footnotes to the judgement.
In lawyer portraits and advertisementsthe rows of books visible behind the lawyer are usually reports. A recent trend in American states is for bar associations to join a consortium called Casemaker.
Deliberations After studying the facts and analysing the law, the Judge must proceed to correlate them to each other in a logical and coherent manner. A good ending should resemble a good beginning which, in turn, often resembles a good head note.
Judgment s The largest and most important element of a full text law report is the judgment or judgments given in the case. History and case reporting by country [ edit ] Each province in Canada has an official reporter series that publishes superior court and appellate court decisions of the respective province.
At its best, a headnote is a precious distillation — the single malt of legal learning. It is unnecessary for a trial Judge to examine a case as if it were in a vacuum and risk having the judgement overturned by a higher court for failure to follow stare decisi.
On the other hand, if you find that having more elements makes your brief cumbersome and hard to use, cut back on the number of elements.