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
    1 decade ago
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    jane doe protects the identity of a person...

    same with john doe.

    courts also use these to name unknown victims

  • 1 decade ago

    sometimes its a person they havnt found yet and dont know her name lots of times its a way of holding a space for someone you may get to testify later seeing how discovery allows each party to see the case or defense thats going to be presented in court

  • 1 decade ago

    i dont know , why they do that, my friend.

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