WITNESS STATEMENTS AND GATHERING WITNESS EVIDENCE: THE LESSONS THAT LAWYERS MUST LEARN FROM HILLSBOROUGH: WEBINAR 19th JULY 2021
On the 19th July 2021 I am presenting a webinar that looks at the implications of the Hillsborough case from the point of view of collecting witness evidence. Booking details are available here . NB – the webinar will be broadcast live at 9.00 am and broadcast again at 12.00 later that morning.
WITNESS EVIDENCE AND HILLSBOROUGH
An understanding of what happened in this case is essential to anyone involved in the task of collecting witness evidence in any civil case. It emphasises the amount of care that must be taken when a lawyer interacts with witnesses.
This webinar looks in detail at the major difficulties that arose from the way in which witness evidence was obtained following the Hillsborough disaster. It is probably the one case in which a solicitor who was involved in the witness gathering process stood trial (and was acquitted) for their work in preparing witness statements.
The webinar looks at:
- The initial process and subsequent amendments
- The early mixing of facts and opinion
- Confirmation bias
- The Coroner’s inquest
- The subsequent criminal trial