Judicial Writing Manual

22 Jun 2015


This manual is intended to encourage judges and law clerks to think critically about their writing- not only about what to include and what to exclude but also about how to write well. We expect that newly appointed judges and law clerks will be the principal users of this manual. It therefore takes a functional approach to opinion writing, describing the considerations that arise at each stage of the writing and editing process; recommending organizational, structural, and stylistic techniques; and explaining the reasons for its recommendations. In keeping with the principle that there is no single right way to write an opinion, the manual explores alternatives and the considerations for choosing among them. This manual should also help experienced judges take a fresh look at their approaches to writing and their styles.


The manual is translated within the framework of the “Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan” project, which is a joint project of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and United Nations Development Programme.

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