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Drafting Effective Witness Statements

Witness Statement Workshop

Synopsis

This course is for desk-bound litigation lawyers who rarely see the witness statements they draft exposed in the courtroom. By recreating the experience of witnesses, it highlights the techniques used in cross-examination and allows lawyers to practise counteracting them as they draft the witness statements.

If a witness statement isn't correctly drafted and doesn't adequately cover all of the issues, it can jeopardise the success of the entire legal proceedings.

 

Outcomes

A case can be won or lost based solely on the strength of the evidence provided by a witness and their performance at trial. Our interactive face to face training provides practical guidance and techniques for lawyers to draft statements that will be effective at hearings and trials.

As a result of attending the course, you will be able to:

  • prepare witness statements that are accurate and fit for purpose
  • adequately cover all of the issues a statement needs to
  • use the witness's words and not your own
  • protect the witness from avoidable damage in cross-examination
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Course Content

In our highly practical course we show lawyers how to prepare witness statements which convey the facts of the case and stand up to scrutiny.

We will show how to recognise witness statements that include:

  • unnecessary evidence
  • evidential gaps
  • lawyer's wording
  • inconsistency
  • uncertainty
  • argument

In our session we will then demonstrate how advocates take advantage of drafting errors and how to manage the risks when drafting witness statements.

Training Onsite or Live Online

Our face to face training can be delivered at your offices, a training venue or remotely online.

We have taken a great deal of care to adapt our classroom based courses for online delivery. We can provide the technology, instructions and IT support to make your remote group training experience as smooth as possible.

Format

Tutor lead onsite or remote.

Courtroom reconstructions on video, live cross-examinations, group discussions, redrafting work.

We also offer a witness statement drafting e-learning course.

Duration

4 hours

Delegates

Lawyers, solicitors, paralegals and any other legal support staff who draft court statements.

Maximum 8 per course

Tutors

Peter Kinch
Olivia Checa Dover
Roxanne Frantzis
Rachael Davis-Stollar
James Welsh

To discuss our drafting effective witness statements course or how we can help with your other legal training, contact Linda Moran on 0114 273 8300 or email Linda@KinchRobinson.com.

Witness Statements under PD57AC

Do you need to draft a witness statement in the Business and Property courts that is compliant with Practice Direction 57AC?

If so, please take a look at our specialist course on witness statements under PD57AC.