UK Looks To Rework 'Overlawyered' Witness Statements

By Bonnie Eslinger (March 12, 2020, 11:53 PM GMT) -- More than 30 years after the English civil courts abandoned the live direct examination of witnesses in favor of written statements, lawyers and judges acknowledge the practice is rife with problems even if it does cut costs.

On the horizon are possible changes from the courts with the goal of making the documents leaner, more effective and less costly to clients, with a working group led by High Court Judge Andrew Baker assigned to the task. The judiciary already moved Wednesday to start implementing one of the recommendations to crack down on long witness statements.

The original aim of eliminating that...

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