A Moot Court Handbook
Appendix Six: How to Brief a Case
How to Brief a Case
Before briefing the case, read over it and focus on the substantive and procedural issues. What started the conflict, what action is being sought? What policy issues are at stake? Think about the type of proceeding (e.g., appeal from a summary judgment, judgment after trial, etc.) and the type of relief sought (e.g., damages, injunction, etc.). Be efficient in reading cases and writing briefs. This does not mean “skimming” a case, but it means recognizing which information should go where in your brief. Develop a system for quickly and precisely marking the case so that important passages are easily identified in a concise and accurate manner.
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