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    Hey all,
    i hqve to do a casenote of R v Horncastle and another [2009] UKSC 14, and i am so lost!
    any help??
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    What are you stuck on? Do you not understand the case, or is it that you don't know what to include in the case note?

    If the latter, look for case notes of other cases you have studied (they are carried in most journals, check on Westlaw) and see what's usually included, then do the same for the case you've been given.
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    this is how the layout should be

    Name of the case
    case citation (small font)
    judges and their names


    Sub-headings - facts of the case
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    Legal principles

    Findings

    Ratios

    Decisions



    between 300 to 500 words
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    What are you stuck on? Do you not understand the case, or is it that you don't know what to include in the case note?

    If the latter, look for case notes of other cases you have studied (they are carried in most journals, check on Westlaw) and see what's usually included, then do the same for the case you've been given.


    im actually confused as to what to include. i know i have to include things about ratio decidendi and obiter dictum; but i've tried and failed to understand these concepts
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    (Original post by miss sherifah)
    im actually confused as to what to include. i know i have to include things about ratio decidendi and obiter dictum; but i've tried and failed to understand these concepts
    I haven't read the case myself so I can't help you very much I'm afraid. Basically what you need with the ratio is the main principle the case stands for; obiter dicta are observations along the way, for example, how the judge thinks that another case that might arise in the future should be decided. If this confuses you too much, then just think about how central to the case and important the various things the judges are saying are. The headnote may be helpful in boiling things down for you - then read the judgment/s and see what stands out to you.

    Do you have access to electronic databases you could search, e.g. Westlaw? If it's a Supreme Court case there should have been quite a few articles mentioning it which might help you to clarify things in your mind.
 
 
 
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