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Decisions, Decisions... a Handbook for Judicial Writing
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The purpose of Decisions, Decisions... A Handbook for Judicial Writing is to serve as a guide to everyone called upon to write decisions, whether judges, administrators, arbitrators or referees. It will help them develop certain techniques in the writing of judgments, so that their judgments can be a pleasure to read and to write. Citing numerous examples, the authors address with accuracy and humour different subjects related to legal or judicial writing, among others, the organization of the text, the potential audience, the importance of conciseness, the essence of style and the need for revision. The book includes useful advice on what to do and what not to do in the art of judgment writing. It should also prove beneficial to those called upon to plead before the courts.
About the Author
Diplômée en droit avec une formation en linguistique, Louise Mailhot a été juge à la Cour d’appel du Québec pendant près de 20 ans. Elle est maintenant conseil dans le cabinet d’avocats Fasken Martineau et agit également à titre de mentore. Elle est l’auteure de deux ouvrages sur la rédaction judiciaire : Écrire la décision (1996 et 2004) et Decisions, Decisions..., a handbook for judicial writing (1998) publiés aux Éditions Yvon Blais.