Written submissions

Lee Stuesser

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The principles of good advocacy do not change in terms of written submissions. It remains fundamental that your arguments be clear and concise. Lengthy and
convoluted submissions will not impress the judge. Increasingly the courts are
looking for written materials to augment any oral arguments. The courts in
Australia for a long time resisted the move towards written argument. They
followed the English practice. Sir Harry Gibbs described the practice in the High
Court of receiving written outlines of argument, which were to be no more than
three pages in length, at the start of the appeal hearing. That has now changed. The practice in the High Court is now to receive written submissions in advance and these are to be no more than 20 pages in length. Australia is moving towards the North American practice, which places far more emphasis on written material for all matter of hearings - not just appeals. It is common in North America for written briefs to be provided on motion hearings, written arguments to be provided at trials and written factums are required on appeals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAn introduction to advocacy
EditorsL. Stuesser
Place of PublicationPyrmont
PublisherThomson Reuters (Prous Science)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780455227580
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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