This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol7 Equity Jurisprudence, Trusts, Equity Pleading", by Albert H. Putney. Also available from Amazon: Popular Law-Dictionary.
The method of taking evidence in equity suits differs very greatly from that followed in common law cases. Evidence in equity suits is almost invariably taken outside of court, either in hearings of court, before masters in chancery, or in the form of depositions, and is presented to the court in writing. Witnesses, however, may be heard at the regular hearing of the case. The force of the answer as evidence will be considered in a later chapter.