Oral Argument in the Court of Appeal of Alberta
As Binnie J once said, the difference between a factum and an oral argument is that the factum gives a lawyer a crack at the court, but an oral argument gives the judges a crack at the lawyer. This paper discusses important issues for anyone preparing for an oral argument before the Court of Appeal. Details include: how to properly prepare for oral argument, making a good delivery, including tips on making the best points first, when and how to answer questions from the court, and handling any hypothetical questions and analogies.
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This paper was presented at the 47th Annual Refresher – Civil Litigation seminar in April 2014. Papers presented at the Civil Refresher are available individually or as a bundle for $395 (with audio).
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