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Old 07-21-2020, 07:54 AM
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Just a burning question I had and apologize if there already exists a thread on the topic.

When writing court briefs, do you refer to yourself and other side in the 1st or 3rd person? Or refer to yourself as the Applicant and other side as the Respondent?
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Old 07-21-2020, 08:59 AM
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Just a burning question I had and apologize if there already exists a thread on the topic.



When writing court briefs, do you refer to yourself and other side in the 1st or 3rd person? Or refer to yourself as the Applicant and other side as the Respondent?
I believe you will have to refer in your Brief as the Applicant and the Respondent.
In affidavits you refer yourself as 1st person.

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Old 07-21-2020, 09:13 AM
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I tend to say 'Applicant Wife' or 'Respondent Husband' (or mother/father).

Applicant/Respondent is generic, and when Judges read 20 briefs a day, it can be easy to confuse who is who.
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In my husbands briefs, they always said I in his statements except for one where it was signed only by his lawyer. It might have been because of the brief.

I agree with Kinso and also add that if your statements are brief and factual and only relate to relevant info then it helps as well.
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I tend to say 'Applicant Wife' or 'Respondent Husband' (or mother/father).

Applicant/Respondent is generic, and when Judges read 20 briefs a day, it can be easy to confuse who is who.
I now recommend people avoid gender identifying roles these days. Its hard to do but, can be done.

Briefs should be BRIEF! I have seen too many 10+ page briefs.
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Briefs should be BRIEF! I have seen too many 10+ page briefs.
It is tough to be brief when you need to attached your Offer to Settle, and any supporting documentation as appendices.
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It is tough to be brief when you need to attached your Offer to Settle, and any supporting documentation as appendices.

You can be brief in the brief part of it. The attachments arent the brief. And your offer to settle can be brief too. When you stick to the facts you use only the words you need.
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