case brief template (5 templates)

Here you will see 5 case brief templates.

These templates simplify the hassles of writing your case brief.

It contains all the components of the case brief and shows you what is supposed to be filled.

If you prefer to learn the whole process of writing a case brief step by step read here

otherwise let’s see the templates

case brief template 1

Heading/ title/citation

(here add the full citation of the case including the parties, date of the decision, the court and Judge passed the decision)

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NB: the images shown as example is the screenshot from the Marbury versus Madison case brief  and  lucy v zehmer case brief

case brief heading

Parties

(add full name of the parties and their role example plaintiff, respondent etc)

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case brief parties

Procedure

(Explain the whole litigating stage through which the case passed and what happened to each stage, start with the lower court and upwards)

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case brief procedure

Facts

(summarrise the key takeaways of the case, explain all relevant people, cause of action (s), locations, and objects involved)

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case brief factsIssues

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(Identify the legal issue that the court addressed)

case brief issues

Rule

(state the legal principle (s) that the court uses to determine the case)

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case brief rule

Analysis/Application/reasoning

(Explain how the court apply the rule to the facts)

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case brief applicationHolding

(explain the response of the court to legal issues, state Yes or No)

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holding in case briefJudgment

(state the court final decision) 

example 1.

case brief judgement

Example 2

case brief jdg 1

Dissenting Opinion (optional)

(state the opinion of the judge which appears to differ from the opinion of other judges which form the main decision of the case. Don’t forget to show the reasons for dissenting)

Obiter dictum (optional)

(identify any alternative decision provided by court)

Personal reaction (optional)

(explain your personal view to the case decision, it may be critic, comments or attention)

case brief template 2

Citation


Parties


Procedural History


Legal Issue


Facts of Case


Statement of Rule


Policy


Dicta


Reasoning


Holding


Concurrence


Dissents


Dicta


Personal Reaction


case brief template 3

A v. B

Source & Court

Judge

Facts:


Procedural History:


Issue(s):


Applicable Rule of Law:


Holding(s):


Judgment:


Reasoning


Comments:


case brief template 4

Name of Case,

Facts of the case:

History:

 

Issues:

i)

ii)

ii)

Holding:

…………………..

Court’s Reasoning:

  1. Rule:
  2. Application:
  3. Concurring and Dissenting Opinion(s) Reasoning:

case brief template 5

The names of the parties


Name of the Judge


The procedural history


The court the ruling or opinion came from


The facts


The issues


The holding


The legal reasoning


The reason why the case was included in your reading assignment


Finally, the questions you might have after reading the case.


case brief for further reference

Isack Kimaro
Isack Kimaro

Editor-in-chief and founder of sherianajamii.com. Holder of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Lawyer by profession and blogger by passion