Demurrer Book – a record of the pleadings in an action which lead up to an issue of law; used by the court and counsel in formulating their argument as to why they came to a decision

demurrer book:

1. Hist. A record of the demurrer issue used by the court and counsel in argument[1]

1. In practice. A record of the issue on a demurrer at law, containing a transcript of the pleadings, with proper entries; and intended for the use of the court and counsel (attorney, lawyer, counsellor, legal advisor) on the argument. 3 Bl. Comm. 317; 3 Steph. Comm. 581. [2]

1. A transcript of the pleadings in an action leading up to an issue of law[3]

(second definition)

2. A statement that attempts to persuade by setting forth reasons why something is true or untrue, right or wrong, better or worse, etc.; especially, the remarks of counsel in analyzing and pointing out or repudiating a desired inference, made for the assistance of a decision-maker. [1]


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[1]:  Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Black’s Law Dictionary Second Edition Online, “DEMURRER BOOK”:

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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