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R.R. v. M.H. & another
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- The Brief Prologue provides necessary case brief introductory information and includes:
- Topic: Identifies the topic of law and where this case fits within your course outline.
- Parties: Identifies the cast of characters involved in the case.
- Procedural Posture & History: Shares the case history with how lower courts have ruled on the matter.
- Case Key Terms, Acts, Doctrines, etc.: A case specific Legal Term Dictionary.
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- The Case Brief is the complete case summarized and authored in the traditional Law School I.R.A.C. format. The Pro case brief includes:
- Brief Facts: A Synopsis of the Facts of the case.
- Rule of Law: Identifies the Legal Principle the Court used in deciding the case.
- Facts: What are the factual circumstances that gave rise to the civil or criminal case? What is the relationship of the Parties that are involved in the case. Review the Facts of this case here:
Plaintiff father and Defendant mother are the biological parents of a child. Plaintiffs entered into a surrogacy contract with Defendant. Defendant met Plaintiffs through a corporation, which provides surrogate services for infertile couples. Both parties went through the corporation’s evaluation process including submitting to evaluation by a psychologist. The parties both signed a surrogate parenting agreement. Defendant consulted an attorney prior to signing the agreement. The agreement provided compensation for Defendant for conceiving, carrying and giving birth. The agreement did not require Defendant to terminate her parental rights to the child. However, if Defendant sought custody or visitation of the child, Defendant would have to reimburse Plaintiffs for the compensation provided. Plaintiffs made the payments as required. Prior to the birth of the child, Defendant changed her mind and wanted to keep the child. Defendant returned the last payment, but did not reimburs e Plaintiffs for the previous payments.
- Issue(s): Lists the Questions of Law that are raised by the Facts of the case.
- Holding: Shares the Court's answer to the legal questions raised in the issue.
- Concurring / Dissenting Opinions: Includes valuable concurring or dissenting opinions and their key points.
- Reasoning and Analysis: Identifies the chain of argument(s) which led the judges to rule as they did.
- The Brief Prologue closes the case brief with important forward-looking discussion and includes:
- Policy: Identifies the Policy if any that has been established by the case.
- Court Direction: Shares where the Court went from here for this case.