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Practice Direction 57AC Witness Evidence at Trial
  • Mar 8, 2021
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The new Practice Direction 57AC (Witness evidence at trial) is set to significantly alter the approach taken to witness statements in the Business and Property Courts (B&PCs) by introducing new rules to deal with “the phenomenon over-long, over-lawyered trial witness statements” (paragraph 10 of the Factual Witness Evidence in Trials before the Business & Property Courts: Implementation Report of the Witness Evidence Working Group (31 July 2020) (Implementation Report).

This Practice Direction is made under rule 57A.3. It concerns witness statements for use at trials inthe Business and Property Courtsand applies to new and existing proceedings, but only to trial witness statements signed.