# 29 Vanessa Place: Statement of Facts

Vanessa Place omslag v1A statement of facts is a legal document which sets forward factual information without argument. These documents are used in a variety of legal settings, ranging from appeals to filing vehicle registration paperwork. Depending on the context, a statement of facts may be prepared by a legal professional, or it may consist of a form with options to check.

The goal of a statement of facts is not to put forward an argument, but rather to present factual information in a clear, easy to understand way. That said, many lawyers may make implicit arguments in a statement of facts, using a variety of tricks to sway the reader to one point of view or another. Typically these arguments are designed to paint someone in a favorable light, or to dismiss the reliability of someone else.

Vanessa Place is a writer and lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is the author of Dies: A Sentence,  the post-conceptual epic La Medusa, and  Notes on Conceptualisms (with Robert Fitterman). Her nonfiction book about sex-offenders and the morality of guilt, The Guilt Project: Rape and Morality, will be published in 2010.

Read the first pages online here (from August 22). Order it from Audiatur Bokhandel.

Book, 40 pages, 200 copies, in English.
Price: 70 NKR.
On sale: August 22, 2009.
ISBN: 978-82-93029-04-5


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