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Navigating the bundle

When you want to draw the attention of a witness – and everyone else – to a particular line in a document in the bundle, be clear about what you’re asking them to look at. So if you’re looking at an email string, you may want to say something like ‘the third email from the top of the page, sent by Dot Walsh at 5.34 pm.’ Or if you’re looking at minutes of a meeting, you may want to say ‘3 lines from the bottom of the page,’ or ‘5 lines down in the 2nd paragraph.’ The holes punched in the pages are sometimes useful as landmarks, as in ‘about level with the lower punch hole.’

It’s a small detail, but in a long hearing the time wasted will add up quite a bit if the tribunal has to keep stopping you and asking where you mean.

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