The Structure of Judicial Reasoning in the Evaluation of Evidence in the Court Sentence

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This paper examines the essence of the court sentence as a legal document, the logical–compositional and substantive features of which are strictly regulated by law. It asks the question on the place of legal reasoning in the structure of the court sentence, and analyzes the methods used in the presentation and evaluation of evidence. In the analysis of the court verdict, the author uses some provisions of text linguistics and functional stylistics. It is argued that in the text of the sentence, argumentation is the main method of discourse used.

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Aleksey Y. Astafyev

Voronezh State University

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candidate of the law

Russian Federation, Voronezh


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