How Do I Write a Pretrial Memo?

By LaoA
Write a pre-trial memo to help the judge understand your case goals.

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Lawyers often write a pre-trial memo to give to the judge handling their case. This document helps the judge to comprehend what the plaintiff and defendant hope to accomplish. Pre-trial memos contain crucial data such as a brief summary of the case, the people who plan to testify in the courtroom and the words they may utter. However, a document of this nature does not have to be a long ordeal to complete because it is a fill-in-the-blank type document consisting of seven pages. Keep in mind that each segment of the memo without relevance to the case needs to say "NA."

Enter the name, physical address and telephone number of your client in the top left portion of the memo. Put the name of both parties involved in the court proceedings, and the number of the case on the first page of the document. Clearly state which party the memo is for and the number of witnesses who plan to speak at the trial.

Complete Exhibit A. This section of the fill-in-the-blank document contains a record of all of the property, financial obligations and goods that all parties involved in the case own, and the manner in which the assets will get distributed when the trial concludes.

Enter the required data that goes on Exhibit B of the pre-trial memorandum. This section of the document immediately follows Exhibit A on the fill-in-the-blank memorandum. It consists of an official declaration of the monetary situation of either the defendant or plaintiff (whichever side is preparing this memo). However, if neither the defendant nor the plaintiff seeks monetary compensation during the trial, skip this section of the memo.

Give your pre-trial memorandum, as well as any supporting paperwork to the judge when the document is done. The court requires you to bring your completed pre-trial memo to the office of your city clerk. You need to have a 10-inch by 13-inch envelope to give to the clerk. The clerk will get your memo and supporting documents to the judge, and then send them back to your address once the judge reviews the paperwork you file with the court.

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