# As a witness on a trial list, what does "Jane Doe #8" signify?

-----In a list of witnesses in a federal trial, I saw "Jane Doe #2" and "Jane Doe #8" listed, along with many ordinary names. Why do they give a name like "Jane Doe #8"? That is hiding the name, not giving it. ---Thanks, Jim

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• Anonymous

jane doe protects the identity of a person...

same with john doe.

courts also use these to name unknown victims