Civil Witness Statements
Everything you need to know to be able to effectively draft a civil witness statement
Are you looking to ensure that the witness statements you draft fully comply with legislation and best practice?
Are you tired of sending your witness statements over to your legal team, only for them to come back covered in red corrections, amendments and questions?
Have you been asked to draft a civil witness statement and simply do not know where to begin?
Delivered through a mix of videos, Powerpoint slides and templates, this course has been designed to provide you with all the knowledge you require to be able to draft a witness statement that complies with the civil procedure rules and allows you to present the best possible evidence. This will ensure your cases are as strong as possible, maximising your chance of a successful outcome.
The course covers the following:
- What a witness statement is, how a civil statement differs from a criminal one and why you should ensure they are drafted to the highest possible standard;
- A clear structure for drafting a witness statement, both for professionals and residents;
- How to manage exhibits and draft exhibit sheets;
- How to close a statement, including the statement of truth and back-sheets;
- Common challenges and practical suggestions for how to overcome these;
- How to best present hearsay evidence.
This course will also give you access to the following templates:
- A civil witness statement
- An exhibit sheet
- A back-sheet
Janine is one of the Country’s leading ASB practitioners. In 2005, following completion of postgraduate certificate in legal practice, Janine started working in ASB. Over the years she has worked as a front-line officer, team manager and senior manager, for Councils and Housing Associations.
From 2008 - 2013, Janine managed a large Local Authority ASB team. She conducted a full service review and implemented a number of service improvements, resulting in a team that attracted regional and national recognition, winning a Tilley award, a number of West Midlands Police awards and a SLCNG team of the year award.
During this time, Janine started supporting the Home Office, acting as a training and peer reviewer. She was part of the Home Office ASB Squad, the Neighbourhood Crime and Justice Team and the Ending Gang and Youth Violence Team.
In 2012, Janine started splitting her working week, spending 2 days of it working for a national, membership based organisation, focussed on developing, sharing and influencing best practice in tackling ASB and crime. She progressed to Managing Director and spent her time improving services to members, building partnerships with national organisations and influencing legislation and policy. Janine was part of the ASB Advisory Group, established by the Home Office to monitor the implementation of the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and review the associated statutory guidance.
Janine now provides services directly to her clients and is passionate about educating officers working in the ASB sector. She works 1 day per week for the National Counter Terrorism Unit, providing advice on the use of civil orders to tackle issues of national security.
Janine is also a trustee for ASB Help, a charity established to improve support to victims of ASB and a board member of Women in Social Housing, a networking group that delivers professional workshops for women.
Janine is a member of the Scottish Judiciary, hearing cases relating to the private sector. She is also a lay member of the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service, hearing cases where barristers have breached conduct rules. She in a member of the West Midlands Police Ethics Committee. In 2017, Janine was identified by the BBC as an “Expert Woman”: someone with the skills and experience to contribute to TV and radio. She now receives regular training and contributes to BBC, ITV and Sky programming.