How to write a witness statement

1. Compose your thoughts before you begin writing your formal statement. Create a time line on a separate sheet of paper listing each incident you witnessed. Making a time line helps organise your thoughts chronologically so your report can be easily understood by others.

2. Check your calendar to be sure you are correct as to the dates on which any incident on your time line occurred.

3. Focus on personal observations. Jot down who was present at each incident entered on your time line, and what each person was doing, then include where you were at the time of each entry. Think carefully about what you actually saw, heard, or felt as opposed to what someone else might have told you about the incident or what you might have presumed happened. Include only your own personal observations in your witness report.

4. Write your full legal name, your permanent address and any temporary local address, other contact information such as a telephone number or email address, the date, time and location at which you are writing the report.

5. Note your relationship to the incident, including whether you were involved or were a bystander. Transfer your notes from your time line into full sentences, putting them in chronological order. Sign and date the statement.



2 Responses to How to write a witness statement

  1. Caitlin Bradbury says:

    I have written a witness statement for the arrest of Patrick Reay, but where do I need to send it to?

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