Drafting witness statements

Drafting witness statements

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 drafting witness statements course covers organising a witness’s evidence, using their words (not yours), and avoiding common errors that can damage your case.

Who is it for?

Perfect for lawyers and case handlers looking to improve their skills.

Course content

E-learning

E-learning overview

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.

Content

  • 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
  • Exhibits

Outcomes

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

Format

Practical e-learning based on drafting a witness statement from a real case.

Duration

30 minutes – 2 hours with drafting exercise

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