A California trial brief for civil litigation is the topic of this blog post.
Using a trial brief is an effective way to notify the Judge hearing the case as well as all other parties who have appeared in the case about the main contentions made by each party involved in that particular case.
Trial briefs typically begin with a brief statement of the case, followed by a short listing of the contentions made by the opposing party, then a more detailed listing of the contentions made by the party filing the trial brief along with citations to case law and statutory authority that support their contentions.
While the specific rules may vary for each particular Court or Judge, as a general rule it is best to serve the trial brief on all parties who have made a general appearance, the opposing party, or their attorneys at least ten (10) calendar days before the trial date, then file the trial brief with the Court along with a proof of service.
A party should check with the Courtroom clerk to determine the specific requirements for that department as many Judges do have very specific requirements for the filing and service of a trial brief.
Attorneys or parties in the State of California who would like to view a portion of a sample 11 page trial brief for a California civil litigation case including a memorandum of points and authorities with citations to case law and statutory authority and a proof of service by mail sold by the author can use the link shown below.
The author of this blog post, Stan Burman, is a freelance paralegal who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995 and has created over 300 sample legal documents for sale.
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