Although the Claim and the Defence will have set out the reasons that the parties believe they have a claim or not, the Court does require that these claims are proved. Courts have tried to cut down on the time witnesses spend giving oral evidence (i.e. answering questions from either the claimant’s or defendant’s barristers) and now require that witness statements are prepared for all witnesses. These are prepared and exchanged well in advance of Trial so that the other side get a good view of the strength of each other’s case. It is not common, as you see in some TV shows, for lawyers to pull a rabbit out of a hat and surprise the other side with an amazing new revelation.
TYPICAL TIMESCALE – ONE MONTH
Step 8: Expert Reports