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The court will have given directions in the case leading up to the trial.
Unless the court has given directions, you would need permission from the court to adduce witness evidence at the forthcoming trial.
It is normal for the court to have given a date for exchange of witness evidence in the weeks leading up to the trial.
If you want to get any further evidence in after that date for exchange, an application to court is required to ask the court for permission.
To answer your question - yes, you can ask a potential witness to give a written statement but if the directions have already passed for the witness evidence, permission is needed from the court.
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You can ask them yes as there is no property in a witness meaning they don't belong to you or the defendant - they can provide a statement to you if they are willing to do so. It should be in the usual witness statement format and numbered paragraphs such as the attached.
It's up to them to agree to help or not. It's not a criminal case, it's a civil one so they have to be willing.
Medical records are relevant to the claim yes and so are disclosable. But you can't force someone to give evidence
Thanks, ***** ***** can remind them they must disclose relevant records (which include your medical records) and there is a continuing duty of disclosure so they must send you anything as and when they come in to possession