TBD | Explanation: Below vs Infra
Home About Contact Below vs Infra

EXPLANATION: "BELOW" vs "INFRA"

"Infra" means "Below". So, why use "Infra"?

Reason #1: "Infra" has a specific legal meaning, while "Below" can be ambiguous;

 Infra always means a subsequent part of text (ie, "below this paragraph").
 Below usually means a subsequent part of text (ie, "below this paragraph").
 However, sometimes, Below means a lower court (ie, "the trial court").


Reason #2: "Infra" is a short/simple word (compared to other latin terms);

Reason #3: Using "Infra" will indicate that you are willing to fight to the end.
 Fighting to the end ≈ going through the appellate process.

Example A (An Ambiguous use of "Below"):

"1. The court below said Appellant deserved X-Y-Z, but Appellant deserved A-B-C (see 20, below)."
"25: Appellant deserves A-B-C because of blah blah blah..."


Analysis:
This passage used the word "below" twice in one sentence. The first time it meant the trial court; and the second time it meant a succeeding portion of the same document.

Problem:
Ambiguity.
Moreover, every subsequent citation of that passage will increase confusion.

Solution:
Use "infra" instead (see Example B, infra)

Example B (Clear use of "Below" and "Infra"):

"1. The court below said Appellant deserved X-Y-Z, but Appellant deserved A-B-C (see 20, infra)."
"25: Appellant deserves A-B-C because of blah blah blah..."


Analysis:
This passage cites itself; while making clear that its substance comes from a lower court.

Benefit:
Clear. Simple.
Both the appellate court and the trial court will understand what you're saying.

TBD recommends using "Infra" in your legal writing (especially at the trial court level)!

Please get the justice you deserve.

Sincerely,



www.TextBookDiscrimination.com
Send Email

You Might Also Like