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MONTOLIO, Estrella  y  LOPEZ SAMANIEGO, Anna. Writing in Judicial practices: State of the art and presentation of the proposal applied to the Spanish Judicial School. Rev. signos [online]. 2008, vol.41, n.66, pp.33-64. ISSN 0718-0934.

The main aim of this article is to present some refections on the role of written communication in the legal feld and, by extension, the importance of training jurists on expert written techniques. The secondary aim is to present the training experience that we developed at the Spanish Judicial School on expert writing for judges doing their practicals. First of all, the article analyses the obscurity of a great extent of Spanish legal texts in connection with the movements for legal discourse modernization, currently taking place in most of the occidental traditions. Secondly, we explain the characteristics of judgments as a discourse genre and expose the opinions of the potential sender and recipients of these documents about its communicative quality. Subsequently, we describe the place of specific discourse instruction on the judicial career in Spain. Finally, we express briefy both the theoretical fundamentals of the training on written communication carried out at the Spanish Judicial School and an example of tasks that we performed along with the participants. To conclude, we examine the main sociological and linguistic obstacles that expert writing techniques have to confront in order to occupy a position in the jurists’ instruction.

Palabras clave : Expert writing; readability; legal discourse; judgements.

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