Writing Reasons: A Handbook for Judges, (5ed)
This text is unique among works on legal writing in its focus on judgments, about which it offers guidance not only to adjudicators but to lawyers submitting written materials to the court.
It is a helpful guide for adjudicators on how to comprehensively structure and write judgments. Written by Edward Berry, an experienced lecturer and well-recognized seminar leader on the subject of writing judgments, this text is unique among works on legal writing in its focus on judgments, about which it offers guidance not only to adjudicators but to lawyers submitting written materials to the court.
This book is particularly useful as it provides:
- Practical content devoted to the art of effectively writing judgments
- Insightful commentary on structure, grammar and writing for your audience
- Tips for making writing both clear and personal
- A series of exercises designed to test your ability to put into practice the principles of judgment writing, as well as an Appendix containing suggested "answers" to these exercises
What's New In This Edition
- Significant revisions to Chapter 5: Words and Sentences, which extends and re-works material that had previously appeared in Chapters 6 and 7 of the previous edition
- Significant revisions to Chapter 1: Introductions, which includes new examples of organizational variety; Chapter 2: Organization, which expands the previous treatment of issue-driven structures; and Chapter 7: Widening the Audience, which adds new examples
- The reading list from the previous edition has been expanded and updated as Appendix 2: Additional Resources
Who Should Read This Book
- Judges and members of administrative tribunals who need a reliable resource that will help them write well-structured, clear and concise judgments
- Litigation lawyers who will find this guide essential to determining what judges and tribunals are looking for in pleadings and other court documents
- Law libraries that want to add this volume to their collection to assist lawyers, judges, students, legal writing professors and tribunal members