HOW TO DRAFT A SKELETON ARGUMENT: GUIDANCE AND LINKS REVISITED

A simple search term arrived on the blog today “How do I draft a skeleton argument?”  I wondered what level of practitioner would google this, however someone pointed out this has all the flavour of a desperate litigant in person faced with a mountain to climb. An example can be seen in the case of PP v MS & Ors [2019] EWHC 768 (Fam). An appeal where a father whose child had been placed in his care six months earlier faced an appeal from the mother. The mother was represented by leading counsel, there were two other counsel involved.  The appeal covered issues of relief from sanctions and a detailed dissection of two expert reports and consideration whether this was admissible evidence.  The judgment reads “The father, again acting in person, filed an argument in response.”  Given the regular criticism the courts make of the skeleton arguments drafted by professionals, it is unsurprising that a litigant in person should feel daunted.

This is, therefore an opportune time to remind people of the guidance and links available online.  These are as likely to be as helpful to the legal professional as the litigant in person.

 

HOW TO DRAFT SKELETON ARGUMENTS

 

JUDICIAL COMPLAINTS AND COMMENTS ABOUT SKELETON ARGUMENTS

There are plenty of reports of judges complaining about the length of “skeleton arguments”.

 

EXAMPLES ONLINE

LATE SKELETONS AND SANCTIONS