« on: April 28, 2004, 02:35:42 PM »
The "cliche" method for briefing is called "IRAC" (i.e. Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion). Most people typically include in the beginning a section for the Facts of the case (what happened), the Procedural History (how it got to the present court - e.g. is it on appeal from a lower court decision?), and after the Conclusion, perhaps a section entitled "Held" that briefly notes the present court's decision (e.g. remanded, affirmed, etc.) and finally a Reasoning section explaining why the court decided the case the way it did. The Reasoning is typically included in the Analysis section so some people leave this out. The "Rule" you will look for is normally couched in a reference to a previous case (or several), which serves as precedent for the court's decision as it applies the rule to the present facts. I hope this helps!