07:33 Dec 29, 2010
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Law (general)
Spanish term or phrase: instructa
Instructa de oposición a la demanda por despido

Este es el título de un escrito; no tengo contexto adicional. He encontrado la siguiente definición: Es una chuleta, de un folio o dos como máximo, con argumentos jurídicos (generalmente) que siempre intenta colar al juez el abogado que contesta verbalmente a la demanda. De esta manera el juez tiene la demanda escrita inicial y una contestación por escrito de la otra rebatiendo los argumentos de la misma.

Se me ocurre preliminary brief o algo por el estilo...
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4legal/appellate brief
Yvonne Gallagher
3skeleton argument
3summary of argument
Charles Davis

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summary of argument

"One of the more impor­tant items in an appe­llate brief is the sum­mary of argu­ment. It’s a one-​page (or a little bit more) synop­sis of the issues and argu­ments made in the brief. It gives the appe­llate bench a sense of the case and also helps it to focus its mind on the rele­vant issues. Thus it must be clear, con­cise, and pre­sent the court with the exact ques­tions that it needs to ans­wer in the appeal."

The problem with this answer is that it strictly applies to appellate briefs, and I don't know whether the same expression would be appropriate in the US in an analogous situation to the one you describe. But perhaps it may help.

Charles Davis
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legal/appellate brief

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... A legal brief is a document used to submit an argument to a court. Briefs are generally written by lawyers and are intended to ... › Legal › Do It Yourself Legal › Write a Brief - Cached - Similar

An appellate brief is a written legal argument presented to an appellate court. Its purpose is to persuade the higher court to uphold or reverse the trial ... - Cached - Similar

Note added at 6 hrs (2010-12-29 14:21:35 GMT)

The brief or memorandum establishes the legal argument for the party, explaining why the reviewing court should affirm or reverse the lower court's judgment ...

Language - Function - Procedure - England - Cached - Similar

A summary of the important points of a longer document. An abstract of a published judicial opinion prepared by a law student as part of an assignment in the Case Method study of law. A written document drawn up by an attorney for a party in a lawsuit or by a party himself or herself appearing pro se that concisely states the following: (1) issues of a lawsuit; (2) facts that bring the parties to court; (3) relevant laws that can affect the subject of the dispute; and (4) arguments that explain how the law applies to the particular facts so that the case will be decided in the party's favor.

A brief may also contain a synopsis of the evidence and name the witnesses to be presented during the trial. Copies of briefs must be submitted to the court where the case will be heard and to the opposing party.

An appellate brief is a writing that must be filed with an appellate court so that the court may evaluate whether the decision of the lower court should be reversed because of some error or impropriety that occurred during the trial. A statement of the issues presented for review, a summary of how pertinent laws affect the facts, and a statement of the relief being requested are essential elements of an appellate brief. The appellee's brief will argue that the lower court acted properly in its judgment and request its affirmance, while the appellant's brief will attempt to convince the court to reverse or vacate the lower court's judgment because it acted improperly.

A summary of the important points of a longer document. An abstract of a ... - Cached - Similar

Note added at 6 hrs (2010-12-29 14:22:36 GMT)
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Yvonne Gallagher
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neutral  AllegroTrans: we don't have anything to say this relates to an appeal but "brief" might be spot on
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  -> Thanks Allegro, you shouldn't have hidden "skeleton argument" as that is also possible imo
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skeleton argument

This is what it is called in England & Wales, not sure if it work for a US reader though.
If you go to the first webref there is an example of a skeleton argument
EXAMPLE SKELETON ARGUMENT IN AN APPLICATION TO SET ASIDE A ... - investigating discrimination corrupt councils, perverse decision making and misfeasance. ... Skeleton Argument of the Applicant ... - Cached
BPTC (Formally BVC) Law Services: Skeleton Arguements ...
"A skeleton argument is intended to identify both for the parties and the court ... Your skeleton argument is written as the structural framework upon which your ... - Cached

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