Snapshot: Uncommon Law™ Universal Judicial Opinion Entry Software Forces Judges to Be Logical
(Original article publication date: July 15, 2008 (Inventerprise))
Common law judicial opinions have no set form or style (except that they be in English), and they are required to meet no minimum standards for quality—or even validity. This free-form, free-wheeling approach to law evolved hundreds of years ago as an expedient measure in less-enlightened times. And it’s time for it to go.
Uncommon Law™ software eliminates the possibility of long-winded, unnecessary rambling (the lawyers tell us they call that “dicta”) and of fallacious reasoning as follows: a judge logs into the Uncommon Law website and enters the case number and other identifying information. He then enters conclusion and premise data that go to make up his argument into the proper field. As many fields as necessary can be used, but each entry should include only one premise or conclusion.
In this way, the logical validity of a judicial opinion can be relatively easily reviewed for errors—perhaps even automatically reviewed for certain simple errors.