Crim Law in Canada
September 20, 2012
Week 2, Thursday
mc and short answer
same but might be mini essays
How to brief a case
1. style of Cause
The name of the case. In criminal Law: Rex or Regina V. Defendant. (always underlined)
R. v Oakes.  1 S.C.R. 103
Year = year of judgement.
S.C.R. = Supreme Court Reporter
2. Facts of the case:
How did this individual or multiple defendants end up in court? Many in jail being charged with
criminal offence. Agreed upon facts: facts that can be proven.
3. Nature of the dispute (or issues)
issues are framed in the form of a question. Example: did Edwin Oakes breach section 356 when he
was in possession of pot, heroin etc. Oakes: Criminal Law breach, Charter challenge.
Nature of the dispute is what the court needs to discover and make a ruling on.
4. The decision
5. Ratio Decidedum
Reasoning for the decision. Wha