Case Brief
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Section 1

Tip: Give the relevant and important facts only. If a detail did not impact the ruling (for example, the color of a car involved in an accident), don’t include it. Use your discretion. It is best to read the case before completing this section, so you know what was relevant and what wasn’t to the final ruling.

 

Facts

FACTS: [Give the context: what happened to who for the case to arise.]

 

Section 2

Tip: This section may be combined with the facts of the case.

 

Procedural History

PROCEDURAL HISTORY: [Explain how the case reached the court, if it was ruled on previously, etc.]

 

Section 3

Tip: What are the essential questions the court was answering with this case? This is generally written as a yes or no question, and the court’s ruling reflects their answer to the question.

 

Issue

ISSUE: Is [case detail] a violation of [law], which guarantees [language of law]?

 

Section 4
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Holding

HOLDING: [The court’s decision, including the vote.]

 

Section 5

Tip: Include the rule of law and its application to the case’s specifics that the majority opinion used in their ruling.

 

Rationale

RATIONALE: [Condense the court’s reasoning into a concise few paragraphs. Highlight the rule and application for each argument.]

 

Section 6

Tip: You may want to include the dissenting opinion and rationale, your own analysis, terms to define, or other notes here. 

 

Other options/analysis

[Optional additional information]

 

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