Professor Michael Bohlander
This practice-facing, decolonisation-minded and best-practice sharing project will create a valuable resource of criminal judgments, drafted by experts on criminal law and procedure from a number of jurisdictions. A comprehensive factual case scenario will form the basis of the judgments, which will be based on the law and practice of each jurisdiction, written in English, but in the style of the relevant court in each jurisdiction.
The project provides a hands-on approach to legal issues, demonstrating different drafting styles across jurisdictions and providing a valuable reference for practical understanding of different judicial cultures. It contributes to contemporary efforts to give a voice to jurisdictions which are not commonly heard on the global scene and could also be used in judicial training.
You can read the scenario here.
Further guidance on how to draft a judgment is available here.
Please contact Professor Michael Bohlander if you would like to discuss the possibility of contributing a criminal judgment from a jurisdiction not yet represented in the list above.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the contributors to arrange for an English language revision of their judgments where English is not the official language of their jurisdiction, ideally by a legally trained English native speaker.
Judgments will be added here as they become available.
England & Wales Jury Directions
England & Wales Sentencing Remarks
France: Motivation SheetFrance: Motivation Sheet
France: The Paris Assize Court Decision
France: Question SheetFrance: Question Sheet
Netherlands Judgment 1: John D
Netherlands Judgment 2: Mary J
Netherlands Judgment 3: Jack D
Netherlands Explanatory Note
Uruguay Judgment: Adolescent
Uruguay Judgment: Adult