To fully understand the law with respect to business, you need to be able to read and understand court decisions. To make this task easier, you can use a method of case analysis that is called briefing. There is a fairly standard procedure that you can follow when you “brief” any court case. You must first read the case opinion carefully. When you feel you understand the case, you can prepare a brief of it. While you are free to consult outside sources to better help you understand the cases, you must use your own words when writing your brief.
Although the format of the brief may vary, typically it will present the essentials of the case under headings such as those listed below.
– Format: Include case citation and headings
– Statement of Facts: Included a brief summary of facts of the case
– Statement of Issue: Included a brief summary of legal issue(s) presented in case.
– Statement of Court’s Decision: Included a brief statement of the court’s decision in the case.
– Statement of Reason for Court’s Decision: Included a brief statement of the court’s reason for its decision in the case.