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Grounds of appeal and Skeleton arguments

Grounds of appeal Skeleton arguments
(1) The grounds of appeal must identify as precisely as possible the respects in which the judgment of the court below is (a) wrong, or (b) unjust because of a serious prodecural or other irregularity, as required by CPR rule 52.11(3).

(2) The reasons why the decision under appeal is wrong or unjust must not be included in the grounds of appeal and must be confined to the skeleton argument.

(1) The Skeleton argument is to assist the court by setting out as concisely as practicable the arguments upon which a party intends to rely.

(2) A skeleton argument must:

  • be concise
  • define and confine the areas of controversy
  • be set out in numbered paragraphs
  • be cross-referenced to any relevant document in the bundle
  • be self-contained and not incorporate by reference material from previous skeleton arguments
  • not include extensive quotations from documents or authorities

(3) Documents to be relied apon must be identified

(4) Where it is necessary to refer to an authority, the skeleton argument must (a) state the proposition of law the authority demonstrates; and (b) identify the parts of the authority that support the proposition. If more than one authority is cited in support of a given proposition, the skeleton argument must briefly state why.