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Drafting affidavits and witness statements

Course ID WA230305_PSK1

  • Webinar
  • 3.5
  • Foundation

In this half-day webinar, you will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of preparing concise and persuasive affidavits and witness statements for litigation. 

Understand the fundamentals of: 

  • Taking a witness statement/affidavit 
  • Substance of an affidavit 
  • Basic evidentiary issues 
  • Form and presentation 
  • Drafting skills 
  • Procedural requirements; and
  • How to use an affidavit in a variety of legal circumstances 

Facilitated by: 

Paul Venus, Managing Partner, Holding Redlich 

Feedback from past attendees: 

  • “The presenter was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Presented in a clear and effective manner. Provided excellent materials and resources.”
  • “Paul was very enthusiastic about his area of expertise and was easy to listen to.”
  • “Excellent by both presenter & service by the College of Law.”
  • “Fantastic and excellent. Very engaging speaker – great anecdotes. Was open to discussion throughout the session.” 

At the end of this live streamed program, you will earn 3 CPD points. 

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Full Price $297.00

Alumni/Member Price $267.30


Start date:

16 March 2023

End date:

16 March 2023


1.30pm AEDT - 5.00pm


1.30pm: Login and welcome

Presented by: Paul Venus, Managing Partner, Holding Redlich


1.35pm: Steps in taking a witness statement/affidavit

Speaker: Professor Emeritus Peter Butt, University of Sydney  

  • Preparation and planning the contents
  • Interviewing the witness
  • Use of IT solutions – the future of giving evidence and false testimony


2.50pm: Stretch break


3.00pm: How to develop the correct presentation

  • Detailed checklists of what to include 
  • Headings and prescribed forms 
  • Different requirements in State and Federal court 
  • Alterations, signing clauses, annexures


3.30pm: Drafting issues

  • Learn the style and content for different types of documents and their purpose 
  • Form and presentation


4.00pm: Stretch break


4.10pm: Taking an affidavit and procedural issues

  • Blind or unable to read 
  • Language difficulties 
  • Procedure


4.30pm: How to use an affidavit

  • Inclusion of evidence 
  • Cross-examination 
  • Use in interlocutory proceedings 
  • Using statements and affidavits to draft pleadings


5.00pm: Q&A and Close


Designed For

This live webinar is ideal for new practitioners in the legal profession as well as lawyers looking to refine their litigation/advocacy skills and techniques. 

This webinar is produced in NSW and features a QLD-based practitioner. The webinar is available to practitioners from all Australian jurisdictions.



All times listed for this course are Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT). Please take note of any time differences if you are registering from QLD, WA, SA, NT or from outside Australia.



Practitioners holding WA practising certificates are eligible to earn CPD points for this course. For instructions to earn CPD points, please click here.



If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If you hold a practising certificate in a state or territory other than Western Australia and this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year.


Mandatories Covered

Professional skills – 3 points


Presenter biography

Paul Venus
Paul Venus
Managing Partner, Holding Redlich

Paul is a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation group and has over 20 years of experience in complex litigation, intellectual property, information technology law, commercial law and competition law issues. 

Paul’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, principally in trade practices law, product liability law, information technology law, franchising law, and patent and trademark litigation. Paul is a graded arbitrator and an accredited mediator, regularly acting as a mediator in franchising disputes. He is also an accredited specialist in commercial litigation with the QLS.


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