This is basically a written document prepared by a state prosecutor for an aggrieved party in a criminal case basically highlighting the following:

  1. Issues of a lawsuit;
  2. Facts that bring the parties to court;
  3. Relevant laws that can affect the subject of the dispute; and
  4. Arguments that explain how the law applies to the particular facts so that the case will be decided in the party’s favour.

A brief may also contain a summary of the evidence and names of the witnesses to be presented during the trial. Copies of briefs must be submitted to the court where the case will be heard and to the opposing party. (In the case of a criminal matter, the accused)

« Back to Glossary Index