This section of your brief contains a statement of the relevant facts of the
case, in your own words. Include the parties involved.
The issue is the legal question the court is trying to answer in the
case. Quite often the court will not state the issue explicitly.
Phrase the issue as a question, as narrowly and accurately as possible.
It is not sufficient, for example, to ask whether the defendant is liable or
whether the judgment of the lower court should be reversed.
3. Judgment: This is the court's
holding, i.e., what the court ultimately decided or for which party it
ruled. The judgment should answer the question posed as the
4. Reasons: This is
your synopsis of why the court decided the case as it did. Describe in
your own words.
Provide your opinion of the case and outcome.