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These instructions are to help you prepare a written statement. It is not legal advice. If you need more help, get
For a sample, see
Sample protected person witness statement.
Any information you give to the court should be true. If you give false information to the court you can be charged by the police. If you want to change the information that you have given to the court, you should get
If you are worried that by writing something in your statement you might be admitting to a criminal offence, you should get
There is no set form for a witness statement, however, you should write your statement in a clear and logical way. You should also write the statement using your own words.
When setting out your statement is a good idea to:
There are certain things that you should include in your statement. You should write your:
You should then include the details you want the court to consider. You can do this by using:
The statement should include: