This post is taken from and expanded from a note I circulated to my team. This is a 12-step checklist I impose on my lawyers whenever they draft their court papers.
#1. Sample Precedent from the Firm / Colleagues
As a starting point, we may ask for a sample precedent from colleagues. That’s fine as an initial step but we must adopt all the other following steps.
#2. Read Atkin’s Forms and Bullen & Leake
Compare with the English Atkin’s Forms. The English civil procedure rules changed significantly post 1999 so if the application is based on civil procedure rules rather than a specific area of the law, go and look back at the older version of Atkin’s. Also read the English Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedent of Pleadings. Both Atkin’s and Bullen will have useful comments and notes, and references to cases.
#3. Read Malaysia Atkin’s Forms and Bullen & Leake Malaysia