Judicial Writing- A Benchmark for the Bench
Judicial Writing: A Benchmark for the Bench, is an intensive, challenging, and highly interactive program with a Keynote presentation, a book of the same title, and other training materials. It will teach judges, magistrates, and other decision writers the art and science of judicial writing.
To get a copy, please pay N35, 000 to: Chinua Asuzu 0002655807 Guaranty Trust Bank
To validate their institutional continuance as a branch of government, judges and magistrates must make sound decisions. They must also articulate and express those decisions efficiently and comprehensibly.
Judicial Writing: A Benchmark for the Bench demonstrates how to attain mastery in judicial writing. The program will help judges, magistrates, arbitrators, and other decision-writers master the art and science of judicial writing.
Judicial Writing: A Benchmark for the Bench will enable you reach just and sound decisions by:
- sharpening your analytical skills;
- honing your issue-spotting acumen; and
- deepening your precedent-application prowess.
- Grand Kadis and Kadis
- Judges in Federal High Courts, High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, and State High Courts
- Judges in the National Industrial Court
- Judicial Assistants
- Justices of the Supreme Court
- Justices of the Court of Appeal
- Justices of the Customary Court of Appeal and Sharia Court of Appeal
- Tribunal Judges and Commissioners
- Anatomy of a Judgment
- Issues for determination (Reformulate the issues and answer them with reasons)
- The Introduction (Write an executive summary)
- Facts and Procedural History (Narrate the pertinent facts and procedural history: recount only information relevant to your analysis of the outcome)
- Analysis and Discussions (Analyze, discuss, and synthesize the parties’ arguments, authorities, evidence, facts, and law. Explain your reasoning and point to your conclusion.)
- Conclusion and Disposition (Close your decisions by granting, modifying, or refusing relief,; issuing directions; or remanding the case.)
- Logic and Clear Thought
- Language and Style
- learn that judging entails professional writing and demands literary skills;
- learn to prepare a table of contents to structure your judgment;
- learn to minimize obiter dicta in your judgment;
- master the anatomy of a judgment- table of contents, issues for determination, the introduction, facts and procedural history, analysis and discussion, conclusion and disposition, and bibliography;
- understand why you need to reformulate the issues and answer them with reasons;
- learn how to reformulate an issue by finding governing law and isolating legally significant facts;
- learn the methods of drafting issues and unlearn the most of them;
- learn how to present issues; use deductive logic to render doctrinal holding; forget circumstances of this case; and prefer legal to procedural juxtapositions;
- learn how to start your judgment with an introduction by writing an executive summary;
- learn how to state the facts and procedural history of a case by telling a story with the pertinent facts without interpreting or interrupting;
- learn to shun the dating game and other data mess by avoiding excessive dates in the facts section;
- learn to call parties and witnesses their names and assign substantive description to data;
- learn to fit facts to law by aligning your facts with your analysis;
- learn to summarize the procedural background by recounting the filings and proceedings in story form.
- learn to write your analysis and discussion with effective organization, structure, and posture through outlines, point headings, roadmaps, topic sentences, transition, bridging, and paragraphing;
- learn to concur and dissent with style on a multi-judge bench;
- learn to minimize citations and quotations;
- learn to write easily comprehensible conclusions and dispositions;
- learn logic and clear thought for sound judicial reasoning and judicial writing;
- learn to write well; eschew legalese and verbosity; and proofread and edit your drafts.
File Name: Judicial-Writing.pdf
Chinua Asuzu is Africa's leading legal-writing scholar. He's the plain-language maven whose works include Brief-Writing Masterclass; Fair Hearing in Nigeria; Judicial Writing: A Benchmark for the Bench; and Learned Writing. Some of Chinua's works are available on amazon.com/author/chinuaasuzu.
Chinua is the dean of The Write House; the senior partner of Assizes Lawfirm; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; and a member of the Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel. A jurisprudent, Chinua teaches legal writing at law firms and law schools, and at private and public forums. Chinua's expertise spans the gamut of legal writing: academic legal writing, brief-writing, business writing, contract drafting, judicial writing, legislative drafting, and litigation drafting. An upwrite and writeous autodidact, Chinua is all write.