Writing a Factum

From Riverview Legal Group


Parts of the Factum

  • PART I (The Applicant and the Respondent)
  • PART II (Nature of the Case & Issues)
  • PART III (Summary of the Facts Relevant to the Issues)
  • PART IV (Statement of each issue raised, with argument)

Factums are written slightly differently depending on whether or not the factum is being written for an appeal or for a standard application.

It is important to know that factums rely on sworn evidence that is either already on the record or is based on a sworn affidavit of a party.

How to start

When writing a factum the first thing you need to do is have a summary version of your timeline of events. Not the full timeline but a shortened version, this will help give structure to your writing process.