How to Set Up an Exhibit Page for a Legal Document

By Irwin Fletcher
Exhibits are a useful way to make relevant evidence easy for the reader to locate.

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An exhibit is a form of evidence used to prove your civil or criminal case before a judge and/or jury. Incorporating exhibits into legal documents -- whether prepared for court or as part of a contract or sales agreement -- helps clarify documents or previous agreements referred to in the legal document itself. There are general rules to follow when formatting an exhibit page; however, if you're preparing a document for court it is always best to consult an attorney or applicable local court rules.

Go through the legal document, making a list of references to any prior legal actions. These include things such as agreements, convictions, property descriptions or any other piece of evidence mentioned in the document. You will need to attach each of the items as exhibits at the end of the document.

Determine how you will label your exhibits. Generally, exhibits are labeled in sequential alphabetical or numerical order. For example, Exhibit A is followed by Exhibit B, etc. This gives the reader clear guideposts to follow throughout the document.

Create an exhibit page. Exhibit pages should start a new section in the document and generally do not have page numbers. At the top of the page, in a large bold font, type the name of the exhibit and a brief description of the exhibit. For example, "Exhibit A -- Deed of Trust." This is called the caption.

Add footers to exhibit pages if desired. If an individual exhibit consists of more than one page, you might want to add footers on subsequent pages. The footers should contain the same information as the caption. You may also wish to create an index page that lists all of the exhibits in order. Place the index page after the legal document, in front of the first exhibit.

About the Author

Irwin Fletcher has been writing since 2008, specializing in legal, finance and business topics. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and real estate from Texas Christian University. Fletcher is also pursuing a Juris Doctor, focusing on environmental law, at Vermont Law School.

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