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Writing Of Judgments : A Practical Guide For Courts And Tribunals

ISBN13: 9789674000127
Published: May 2010
Publisher: LexisNexis Malaysia
Country of Publication: Malaysia
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Foreword by The Right Honourable the Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, Chief Justice of Singapore , 18 April 2010

This book provides a useful discussion on the techniques of judgment writing. It provides helpful suggestions on how to structure a judgment for clarity of exposition which should be particularly useful to new judges. Without a basic structure, a judgment may, for one, look disorganised and untidy and, as a result, give the appearance of it having been rushed for whatever reason. Amongst other things, this book also carefully expounds on the rationale for ensuring that judgments are well-crafted, and, in addition, provides useful comparative commentary. Through works like this book, judges may be inspired to improve or enhance a daily chore, which, in truth, is one of the most important judicial tasks that they have to discharge.

Legal Skills and Method
1. Introduction
2. Legal reasoning and judicial writing
3. Composition of a judgment
4. A standard judgment and grounds of decision
5. The British style of writing judgments and the civil law position
6. Decision writing by Philippine judges
7. Style, rules of grammar and punctuation in a judgment
8. Personal perspective in judgment writing
9. Delivery of court judgment.