Witness statement writing

Target audience

Those who make witness statements and take statements from witnesses.


Aim

To ensure delegates prepare accurate evidential witness statements to a professional standard.


Outcomes

To enable delegates to:

  • Understand difference between information, opinion and evidence
  • Identify evidence that must be included in a witness statement
  • Describe Section 9 Witness Statement Process
  • identify the difference between a Civil Procedure Rules statement and Criminal Procedure Rules statement
  • Define hearsay evidence and how and why it can be introduced
  • Explain the term “corroboration”
  • Define terms “best evidence” and “secondary evidence”
  • Interview witnessess
  • Construct a structured statement including production of exhibits, interviews and surveillance
  • Consider best method for introducing business documents as evidence and terms of statement
  • Explain use of witness statements and original notes at hearings

Core topics

  • National guidance
  • Contemporaneous Notes
  • IPACC – witness statement structure
  • Rv Turnbull – Quality of identification
  • MG11 and MG9 forms
  • Writing a witness statement
  • Taking a witness statement

Assessment

Course work is assessed to National Occupational Standards.


NOS: National Occupational Standards

This course includes the assessment criteria for witness interviews.

witness statement

Dates and prices

Duration1-2 days
Dates on request
Delegate cost£120 - £260 + VAT
LocationAs required
Accommodation

Costs and details


Prior learning

Understand the laws and contraventions to which they investigate, regulate and enforce.


Pre-course module

None.


Delivery

PowerPoint presentation, flipchart explanation, group discussion, examples, case studies and practical exercise.


Post course

Delegates must complete workbooks within four weeks of course completion.


Additional information

Our course provides training in completing professional witness statements examining all issues relating to what to include, exclude and appropriate wording.

All activity conducted during investigation or inspection that is to be relied upon as evidence needs to be included in a witness statement.

This may be visiting premises, interviewing witnesses, obtaining documents and items as potential exhibits, conducting surveillance and use of particular methods to obtain information and evidence.

It may also involve interviewing suspected offenders, using Data Protection Act (1998) and other statutory powers to obtain evidence.

We demonstrate how to compile sound witness statements covering all these scenarios