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Preliminary Protocols And Records Of Statements In Court

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This chapter begins with preliminary protocols and memoranda of proceedings. Like the decision records, both of these text-types include descriptions of proceedings involving authorities. These descriptions provide the necessary information to situate the texts within the context of a trial. The chapter then turns to the different text-types that record only statements: accusatory depositions, depositions of testimony, memoranda of depositions and depositions under oath. These text-types do not explicitly mention the activities of a court. Thus, identifying their place within a trial and their legal function must depend on other factors, such as the authorities involved or the content of the statements made. The description of these two text-types will note these different factors. Preliminary protocols describe a number of different procedures. Most involve the collection of evidence, by obtaining oral statements, by reading tablets, or by gathering actual physical evidence.

Keywords: court; decision records; preliminary protocols



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