THE PRODUCTION OF WITNESS STATEMENTS: NOW BEING SUBJECT TO RESEARCH: CAN YOU HELP?

This blog has looked, many times, at issues relating to the drafting of witness statements.   The Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research is carrying out research on this subject, in the context of witness evidence in employment tribunals, “Taking And Making A Statement: An Exploratory Study Analysing Through The Lens Of Research The Production Of Witness Statements By Lawyers And Litigants In Person”.

AN INVITATION TO TAKE PART IN THE RESEARCH

Although there are many examples of judgments which include comments (usually negative) on the way witness statements have been prepared, there is no published empirical research on the preparation of witness statements in civil cases. A new research project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is set to change that. The project, focussing on Employment Tribunals, will include up to 75 interviews with legal practitioners, litigants in person,  judges and panel members exploring what makes a good quality witness statement and the best way to achieve that.

 

The researchers are Dr Penny Cooper, a professor of law and senior research fellow at the University of London, and Dr Michelle Mattison, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Chester.

 

If you are a legal practitioner or a litigant in person with experience of the Employment Tribunal and you are interested in being interviewed for this project, please contact Penny Cooper by email: penny.cooper@bbk.ac.uk

 

More information about the project can be found at https://www.icpr.org.uk/taking-and-making-statement-exploratory-study-analysing-through-lens-research-production-witness-0