The purpose of the witness statement is to provide written evidence to support your case that will, if necessary, be used as evidence in
court. A witness statement is a crucial part of a party’s case. It is a formal document containing someone’s own account of the facts
relating to issues arising in a dispute. Comments made in the statement should be limited to fact, and comments based on opinion should
be kept to a minimum. It is designed to show your case in its strongest light. It is important therefore to ensure the statement is
comprehensive. The purpose of the witness statement is to provide written evidence to support a party's case that will, if necessary, be
used as evidence in court. The statement is a crucial part of the case, designed to show it in its strongest light. It is important, therefore, to
ensure that the statement is accurate and comprehensive.
As professionals, our primary function is to gather facts. One of our primary forms of fact-gathering is the witness statement. Statements,
of course, take many forms. Affidavits, handwritten statements by witnesses, statements written by investigators and signed by witnesses,
and tape recorded statements are all widely used in the context of civil and criminal litigation. However, regardless of the form of the
statement, statements have three primary purposes.
SETTLEMENT -- to develop information and "investigate" a case in the classic sense for purposes of settlement;
PRESERVATION -- to serve as a recorded recollection of a witness whose memory might fade legitimately with the passage of time; and
IMPEACHMENT -- to document testimony and provide a reliable standard against which a potentially hostile witness might later be held
with regard to testimony from the witness stand.
If you have any material (including documents, emails, letters, faxes, reports, manuscript notes, photographs, videos etc) which you think
are relevant to the issues to be discussed at the meeting, then these should be given to us as soon as possible and preferably before the
meeting itself. We will treat the incident and our knowledge of it strictly confidential, as we would any personal and sensitive information
under the provisions of the Data Protection Act.
If you would like to schedule a witness statement, please contact us