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What verbs do you use when describing what the courts do? Good legal writers use appropriate verbs to explain case law and statutes.

 
The court considered all the arguments…
The judge expressed the view that…
The court accepted the argument
The court rejected the argument …
The judge applied the precedent to…
The court overruled…
The judge stated…
The court followed the direction of the Supreme Court…
The judge decided…
The court ruled…
The judge found (a fact)
The court held (a point of law)
 
The court felt compelled to find… [you cannot know what the court feels]
The judge argued that… [courts do not argue, you do]
The judge placed significance on the fact that... [judges consider, not place significance]
The court believed the answer to be… [it doesn’t matter what a judge believes]
The judge contends that… [judges never contend; they decide or rule]
The court proved each element of the test… [courts apply; proving is your job]
The judge supported the ruling of the Supreme Court… [followed or applied is more accurate]
  • In a poorly written decision, the court attempted to explain the test...
  • The judge timidly refused to acknowledge the constitutional right to…
  • The court refused to advance the cause of justice and change the law…
  • The judge completely ignored the evidence.
  • According to the Supreme Court, there are no reasonable arguments…
  • The judge purported to set out a new test…