How to draft effective affidavits and witness statements

Course ID WA210302_PSK1

  • Webinar
  • 3.5
  • Foundation

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

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; 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.”
  • “Excellent – very relevant. Well explained.”
  • “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 webinar, you will earn 3 CPD points. 

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The time listed for this course is 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. 


Full Price $297.00

Alumni/Member Price $267.30


Start date:

10 March 2021

End date:

10 March 2021


1.30pm AEDT - 5.00pm

About This Course


1.30pm: Login and welcome Presented by: Paul Venus, Managing Partner, Holding Redlich


1.35pm: Steps in taking a witness statement/affidavit
  • 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 check lists of what to include
  • Headings and prescribed forms
  • Different requirement 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.


Claiming CPD units

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 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. If you are in any doubt, you should check your local rules. If you practise in Western Australia, please check local rules regarding interactive activities and note that the College of Law is recognised by the Legal Practice Board of WA as a QA provider of CPD.


Mandatories Covered

The program covers the mandatory requirement of professional skills and substantive law.


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’ 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.


Filming and Photography

Please be aware that this webinar organised by the College of Law may be recorded for use on our websites, marketing materials and publications. By attending and participating in a College of Law Continuing Professional Development course, you consent to the College of Law photographing or recording and using your image and likeness and/or voice.