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Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ)

Judgment Writing Seminar – Superior Court of Québec

Overview

This seminar is designed to assist judges in improving their judgment-writing skills. The program includes lectures, discussions, and workshops that stress the nature of good prose, point-first writing and the special requirements and special challenges of judicial writing. Since the art of writing is a skill that, like all skills, can be improved only through practice, much of the instruction will centre on written exercises and judgments. Please note that the number of available places is limited.

Objectives

The seminar is designed to assist judges in improving their judgment-writing skills. The program includes lectures, discussions and workshops that stress the nature of good prose, point-first writing and the special requirements and special challenges of judicial writing. This program is intended to educate in both official languages. Furthermore, this program offers judges a new approach to writing judgements and improves the writing skills of judges that have been sitting on bench for a year or more.

Summary

The program consists of lectures followed by practical workshops with participants and professors working one-on-one on their judgments.

The program is separated into five parts:

  • How to begin: creating contextual introductions and overviews;
  • Effective organization: the issue-driven structure;
  • A view from one of your readers;
  • Good reasons;
  • Words that work – clear writing.

Date

Jun 25th -
Jun 28th 2018

Number of Participants

39

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