Bundles - Adding cross-references to witness statements in a trial bundle



Introduction

Witness statements typically refer to documents and, in a Trial Bundle, where a witness statement refers to a document, a link to the document, where it appears elsewhere in the bundle, should be added in the right hand margin of the witness statement. 

In witness statements, sometimes documents are referred to by some obvious identifying feature such as the email from from John Smith to Peter Jones timed at 13.10 on 10 July 2017 and sometimes a document is referred to by an exhibit number - e.g. I refer to a photo which I took of the garden on 3 September 2007 marked JJS01. It is usual for non-digital photos to be referred to as Exhibits and it is usual for most other documents to be referred to simply by an obvious identifying feature and not be be exhibited but sometimes other documents are exhibited.

It is usual for copies of photos and non-photo documents to be arranged in the Trial Bundle in chronological order. Some documents, particularly non-digital photographs, may have been exhibited and, if they are, it is usual to include the exhibits, for reference, in a special section at the end of the Trial Bundle named All Exhibits. However copies of all the documents in the exhibits should be included individually in the chronological sections and it is the documents in the chronological sections which will generally be referred to at trial, not the All Exhibits section. Consequently when adding a link in the right hand margin where a witness statement refers to a document, the link should be not to the any copy of the document in the All Exhibits section but to the copy of the document in the chronological sections.
           

How to add links using DCS

See here for a video showing how to add links




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