English Civil Courts Detail New Rules For Witness Statements

Law360, London (February 18, 2021, 7:10 PM GMT) -- A solicitor who provides a witness statement to England's civil courts will now have to also sign a certificate confirming that the evidence complies with court rules, a measure designed to curb "over-lawyering" and make the documents leaner and more effective.

The new court rule, published Thursday, applies to trial evidence for use in the Business and Property Courts for witness statements signed on or after April 6.

It is part of a package of reforms which seek to "promote and enforce best practice on the preparation of witness statements," according to the government announcement. Approved by the Civil Procedure Rule...

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