It takes two to tango, in a Tribunal hearing the two are:
- The Applicant - the person making the application.
- The Respondent - the person responding to the application.
When compiling evidence you need to be as clear and concise as possible, you don't have to be a lawyer to make a good case against a predatory builder, all you need to do is tell the truth and lay it out in a format that is easily understood.
Let's assume you have gathered your evidence, it is now time to compile it so that you can present it to the body that is hearing your case, it should also be in a format that you can easily follow.
You need the following two separate documents labelled:
Statement of Evidence
A statement of evidence is a numbered statement of the evidence that you intend to put before the Tribunal or court. It is a written account of your evidence in chronological order. It should be fact, not opinion, only qualified people such as engineer's can provide opinion.
Attachments to Statement of Evidence
You should provide an index for the attachments to you statement of evidence and call it "Index of Attachments", list each as A1 and so on. The "A" is for Attachment and the "1" refers to the first item in your statement. If you have more than one attachment for a particular statement item, call it A1, A1A, A1B, A1C and so on.
Attachments to your statement of evidence are relevant documents to support your statement, it can include contracts, emails, invoices and statements from witnesses. The attachments should be numbered to correspond with your statement of evidence numbers so that it is easy to understand and easy for you to follow in proceedings.
I want to make it clear this is not legal advice, it is based on my own experience in my defence with a predatory builder.