Factual Analysis: Get to Know the Facts!

Legal research starts with really knowing the facts!

A factual analysis isolates the relevant facts and helps to expose the legal question and issue(s). This skill takes practice!

The PEC (Parties, Events, Claims) method of factual analysis is a helpful starting point.

Parties

Events

Claims

These are only examples of the questions you should be asking yourself at the factual analysis stage.

For more information on factual analysis, consult Chapter 2 of Legal Problem Solving: Reasoning, Research and Writing.

Maureen F Fitzgerald, Legal Problem Solving: Reasoning, Research and Writing, 4th ed (Markham: LexisNexis Canada, 2007) c 2.