Drafting witness statements—technical requirements
Drafting witness statements—technical requirements

The following Dispute Resolution guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Drafting witness statements—technical requirements
  • Importance of complying with the technical requirements of witness statements
  • Format of witness statements
  • Statement of truth
  • Witness unable to read or give a signature
  • Witness unable to speak English
  • Court specific guidance

STOP PRESS: Note that amendments to CPR PD 22 regarding statements of truth will come into force on 6 April 2020. The changes address the issue of cases where a witness statement is presented in English but where, notwithstanding signature of the statement, the witness cannot speak English and the statement is not necessarily ‘in their own words’. CPR PD 22 will also require a statement of truth to be dated with the date that it is signed and the required wording of the statement of truth will be amended to include a warning that proceedings for contempt of court may be brought against those who give a statement of truth without an honest belief in its truth. For more information, see News Analysis: 113th practice direction update—31 March and 6 April 2020—Changes in force 6 April 2020. This content will be updated in light of these changes in time for the 6 April 2020 in force date.

This Practice Note provides information on the technical requirements when drafting witness statements. This includes how to format the witness statement, the required wording to be used and the statement of truth. It should be read in conjunction with Practice Note: Witness statements—substantive content, which deals with the substantive content of witness statements.

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of