12-Step Checklist for Drafting Court Papers

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

Then read the Atkin’s Court Forms Malaysia and Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Malaysian Precedents of Pleadings. Continue reading