Advanced Statement/Report Writing – Criminal

Witnesses are frequently required to write statements or reports. This course will provide clear guidance on the structure, content and style of written evidence. Delegates will consider how to include evidence in notes, documents, photos, plans, calculations, research and more.

Learning outcomes

  • Identifying the key stages in writing a report/statement
  • Dealing with strengths and weaknesses in facts, assumptions and opinions
  • How to write in a clear, concise and accessible manner
  • Analysis of the structure, content and style of a report/statement
  • Considering how to set out a well-reasoned and objective opinion
  • Using objective competency criteria to assess report/statement writing
  • Consideration of relevant rules in the Criminal Procedure Rules and Practice Directions
  • Including the formalities; conflicts of interest, statements of truth and compliance.
  • Practical exercises and critiquing of reports to demonstrate best practice

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“It was good to listen to a very experienced tutor and share ideas with other FRS. Excellent tutor”.

“An excellent tutor, happy to help and with a full insight into the subject and gives practical examples”.

“A real eye opener on the standard of report required for this kind of work. Excellent.”

“Brilliant. Very knowledgeable and with ability to encourage participation of all candidates”.

“I have learnt so much from this module and the course overall which I look forward to using in my practice as an Expert Witness”.

“Very good and interesting course. Very informative A+++. Very knowledgeable and very good teacher A+++”.

“Excellent, what to include and format of report”.

“Great pace and delivery. Tutor went through the issues methodically which allowed us to absorb the information”.

“Excellent, good notes, pace and delivery. Very supportive and created a positive learning environment”.

“I really felt at ease with Penny. She always took the time to explain any complexities. Gold Star”.

“Session was well executed, professionally delivered and the ‘break out’ rooms were excellent. Added a really good touch and broke the ‘zoom session’ up into active participation”.

“Great input on pre submission peer review and content referencing of reports. Excellent tutor”.