Master the art of Interviewing Witnesses and Drafting Witness Statements

Master the art of Interviewing Witnesses and Drafting Witness Statements

 

Master the art of Interviewing Witnesses and Drafting Witness Statements

An interview is a discussion anticipated to gather information that is potentially available to achieve a truthful description of events. Investigative interviewing is an essential aspect of the investigative process for legal professionals. As most information comes from witnesses, it is necessary to have up-to-date knowledge and hone one’s skills in interviewing.

The course Interviewing Witnesses covers key concepts and general principles of interviewing, as well as techniques on improving your interview skills. Furthermore, it delves deeper into  prohibitions on witness coaching,  confidentiality and witnesses, and interviewing different types of witnesses, including: expert witnesses, digital forensic experts, child witnesses, and whistleblowers.

But it’s not only about having the skill to interview witnesses. A case may be won or lost on the basis of the witness evidence presented and the method used to capture witness statements. Thus, knowing how to write a good witness statement is equally important in your legal practice. Important interim applications may fail if the witness statement does not adequately cover and explain all of the issues and incidents. This Drafting Witness Statements course contains practical guide to preparing witness statements for use at different levels. 

The Drafting Witness Statements course includes a thorough discussion on the rules and practice directions relating to witness statements, general principles, and the formalities: heading, preamble, and statement of truth. It will also cover different witness statements for affidavits, civil litigation, and criminal cases. In this online course, you will also master techniques on how to draft witness statements for expert witnesses, those requiring translators, as well as minors and persons with disability. 

These courses are worth *1 CPD unit each and are part of the Legal Beagle Witness Course Series. It is presented by Gillian Carrington, an experienced British barrister with years of practice at the London Bar, specializing in public and environmental law. She currently lives in Berlin where she works with German and British law firms. She is also the co-author of Sweet & Maxwell’s Information Rights and has contributed to Halsbury’s Laws.

To know more about our Witness Course Series or to learn more about the other *private CPD course units we have on offer, check our website: https://legalbeagle.biz/online-law-courses/. If you have any more questions about our courses, or how you can get discounts for your firm, send us an email at support@legalbeagle.biz or info@legalbeagle.biz.