Written evidence is a key aspect of regulatory and enforcement proceedings. Delegates will consider the structure, content and style of the evidence. They will anticipate challenges to be made to the evidence and how the use of exhibits increases the reliability and weight of the evidence. Delegates consider how to deal with strengths and weaknesses in the evidence and will anticipate lines of questioning during cross-examination. This will assist with the proper preparation of written evidence. Delegates learn how to present statements in a clear, concise, and accessible style understanding the formalities for written evidence. The training consists of plenary sessions and exercises and delegates learn by reviewing statements using a Statement Writing Competency Criteria.
- Identifying key stages in writing statements – planning, purpose, issues, facts and reasoning
- Considering the issues/topics – what has to be proved?
- Analysing the source, weight, reliability and credibility of the evidence in a statement
- Dealing with strengths and weaknesses in the facts
- Understanding the difference between facts, inferences, assumptions and opinions
- Building the statement brick by brick with the selection and use of the evidence
- Selecting, exhibiting and cross referencing digital, documentary and other evidence
- Ensuring consistency between contemporaneous notes and the statement
- Demonstrating continuity of evidence in the statement
- Writing in a clear, concise and accessible manner
- Analysing the structure, content and style of a statement or report
- Practical exercises and critiquing of statements to demonstrate best practice
- Using objective competency criteria to assess statement writing or report
- Considering the formalities and requirements in the Criminal Procedure Rules.