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A pro-se plaintiff in a civil proceeding files a Statement of Claim in which he explains his Causes of Action, refers to attached documents ("Annexures") and contends his points about what the defendant did wrong. The documents (for example, bank statements, invoices, email conversations etc.) can be:

  • simple printouts of electronic originals
  • plain copies of hard originals signed in person; the originals are either held by the plaintiff and can be presented on request, or are only held by the defendant (and therefore cannot be presented by plaintiff)

My layman's understanding has been that, because plaintiff is ready to appear before the court in person and swear that the facts/documents are true, he does not need to present an affidavit (let alone if the defendant does not question or challenge the documents' genuineness). Affidavits are needed when a witness is not able to attend the hearing in person so that their testimony can be admitted as evidence.

Is this wrong? Does plaintiff need to present his own affidavit anyway?

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