How to draft effective affidavits and witness statements

Course ID CN200303_PSK1

  • Face to Face
  • 4
  • Foundation
  • 3.5 CPD POINTS

The preparation of concise and persuasive affidavits and witness statements is critical for success throughout litigated matters.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of:

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

Our speaker is:
Paul Venus, Managing Partner, Holding Redlich

Reviews 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.” 

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Full Price $420.00

Alumni/Member Price $378.00


Start date:

18 March 2020

End date:

18 March 2020


1.30pm - 5.30pm


The College of Law,
Level 16, 111 Elizabeth Street,
NSW 2000

About This Course




1.30pm: Overview and Introduction


1.40pm: Steps in taking a witness statement/affidavit
  • Steps in taking a witness statement/affidavit
    • Preparation
    • Planning the contents
    • Interviewing the witness
    • Use of IT solutions – the future of giving evidence and false testimony
  • Substance of the affidavit:
    • Using the words of the witness
    • Recording conversations in direct speech
    • Avoiding being responsive to pleadings
    • Making sure witness can swear to the facts
  • Practical exercise: Analysis of a draft affidavit – what went wrong?


3.15pm: How to develop the correct presentation
  • Detailed check lists of what to include
  • Headings and prescribed forms
  • Different requirement in State and Federal court
  • Alterations
  • Signing clauses
  • Annexures


3.45pm: Afternoon Tea and Networking Opportunity


4.15pm: Drafting Issues
  • Learn the style and content for different types of documents and their purpose
  • Form and presentation


4.45pm: Taking an Affidavit and Procedural Issues
  • Blind or unable to read
  • Language difficulties
  • Procedure


5.00pm: How to use an Affidavit
  • Inclusion of evidence
  • Cross examination
  • Use in interlocutory proceedings
  • Using statements and affidavits to draft pleadings


5.30pm: Close


Designed for

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


Mandatories Covered

This course complies with the mandatory requirement of professional skills.


Presenter biography

Paul Venus, Managing Partner, Holding Redlich

Paul is a partner in the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation group and has over 20 years’ 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 trade mark litigation. Paul is an accredited mediator, regularly acting as mediator in franchising disputes and is a graded arbitrator. Paul is an accredited specialist in Commercial litigation with the QLS.


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