Judge’s Notes Law and Legal Definition

Judge’s Notes are short statements, made by a judge on the trial of a cause. Judge’s Notes describes of what emerges in the course of a trial. They usually contain a statement of the testimony of witnesses; of documents offered or admitted in evidence; of offers of evidence and whether it has been received or rejected, and the like matters. In general judge's notes are not evidence of what transpired at a former trial, nor can they be read to prove what a deceased witness swore to on such former trial. However, in chancery, when a new trial is ordered of an issue sent out of chancery to a court of law, and when some of the witnesses are unable to attend the court due to death or illness, their testimony may be read from the judge's notes.