Drafting a witness statement is not a simple task. This course will help you draft effectively so your statements comply with the CPR and are an accurate and reliable account of each witness’s evidence.
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 statements.
- How to recognise statements that include:
- unnecessary evidence
- evidential gaps
- lawyer’s wording
- How advocates take advantage of drafting errors
- How to manage the risks when drafting statements
As a result of attending the course, you will be able to:
- prepare statements that are accurate and fit for purpose
- use the witness’s words and not your own
- protect the witness from avoidable damage in cross-examination
Courtroom reconstructions on video, live cross-examinations, group discussions, redrafting work.
Witness statements can make the difference between winning and losing a case. They can be a key part of the settlement negotiation process, and if you go to trial, they will stand as evidence in chief and then be subjected to intense scrutiny in cross-examination. So it’s vital that your witness statements are well drafted and can be used as an effective litigation tool. This e-learning course will help you to develop the skills you need.
See the coaching section for details of our follow-up drafting exercise and coaching.
- Purposes – understanding the reasons for writing witness statements
- Structure – selecting the best approach and sequence
- Writing clearly and precisely
- Using the witness’s own words
- Ditching formal language
- Statements of truth
As a result of this course, you will:
- comply with CPR requirements for witness statements
- draft well-organised statements
- draft clearly and concisely
- use the witness’s words
Practical e-learning based on drafting a witness statement from a real case.
One-to-one coaching session as a follow-up to the e-learning course. Delegates download an exercise which has notes from an interview. They draft and submit their statement and then receive feedback from a tutor in a Teams call or telephone call.
See e-learning course. The coaching also helps with avoiding common errors like unnecessary evidence, evidential gaps, lawyer’s wording, inconsistency, uncertainty and argument.
One-to-one coaching based on your drafting
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