TITLE

Skeletons for the closet

AUTHOR(S)
McDonnell QC, John
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
Lawyer;11/1/2004, Vol. 18 Issue 42, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article informs that good and thorough opening speech should help everyone. It makes it clear to the judge and opposing counsel, and indeed the clients and witnesses if they are there, how the claimant construes the documents, what they indicate and how the chronology fits together. That was the practice in the Chancery Division until 1904, but the Treasury put a stop to it when it would not allow the number of masters to go on increasing with the number of judges. Under the normal U.S. procedure, the assigned judge will hold a number of pretrial conferences with counsel, at which the preparation of the case will be discussed, sometimes quite informally in the judge's private room, sometimes more formally if interlocutory matters have to be decided.
ACCESSION #
15082155

 

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