Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC

Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC

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Preparing witness statements under PD57AC helps you learn how to interview witnesses without influencing them and how to prepare statements for trial in the Business and Property Courts.

Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC covers essential techniques for witness interviews and drafting trial statements.

Course Information

This practical course covers interviewing witnesses and drafting trial statements for cases in the Business and Property Courts.

What new ways of working will make sure you don’t fall foul of the sanctions under Practice Direction 57AC? The course will help you to understand what you can and can’t do when interviewing witnesses, what you must now include in trial witness statements, and what should be left out. Using a videoed witness interview it will help you develop the skills and find the answers you need to fully comply with PD57AC.

Content

This course covers:

  • Pre-reading – short case study
  • How might you influence a witness’s statement?
  • Interviewing – the do’s and don’ts
    • Planning – how to sequence your questions
    • Leading questions – how to avoid using them inappropriately
    • When can you show documents to a witness?
    • Keeping interview records
  • Drafting a statement
    • Content – organising, including, excluding
    • Using the witness’s words
    • Basing a draft on the documents
    • Perfecting the draft
  • Challenging your opponents’ witness statements
    • Spotting the problems
    • invoking the sanctions

Outcomes

As a result of attending the course, you will know:

  • how to conduct interviews that comply with PD57AC
  • what a leading question is and how to avoid using one inappropriately
  • when you can and cannot show documents to a witness
  • what to include in (and exclude from) a trial witness statement
  • whether you can sign the certificate of compliance on a witness statement

Format

Interactive online course with video of an interview. Small group work and polls.

Delegates

Litigators running cases in the Business & Property Courts

Maximum 20

 

Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC Live Online Course

2 hours

Litigators running cases in the Business & Property Courts Maximum 20

Face-to-Face

See ‘Live online course’ for details.

Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC Face-to-face Course

2 hours

Litigators running cases in the Business & Property Courts Maximum 20

E-learning

This practical e-learning course will help you to comply with the requirements of PD57AC when interviewing witnesses.

Content

  • The Certificate of Compliance
  • Case study – identifying leading questions
  • Conversations without leading
    • Topical questioning
    • Chronological questioning
    • Open questions
    • Gateway questions
    • Invitations
    • Piggybacking
    • Comparator questions
  • Case study – using documents
  • Keeping records
  • What if you can’t sign?

Outcomes

As a result of completing this course you will know

  • how to conduct interviews that comply with PD57AC
  • your obligations when signing the Certificate of Compliance
  • what records you need to keep
  • how to plan your questions to avoid influencing the witness
  • when you can and cannot show documents to a witness

Preparing Witness Statements Under PD57AC E-learning Course

60 minutes

Litigators

£30 + VAT

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Tutors

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Olivia Checa Dover
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James Welsh

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