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Taking Effective Witness Statements, 1st Edition

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Author(s): Lochner, H
Page count: 174
ISBN: 9781485101048
Languages(s): English,
Year Published: 2014
Categories: Forensic Law, Evidence, Law of, Law, Law, Law
Type: Print

About this publication

Witness statements play a vital role in all forms of criminal investigation, particularly crime scene investigation (CSI) and forensics. Legal practitioners on both sides – prosecution and defence – cannot hope to succeed at trial unless they have properly drafted and executed witness statements. The author of Taking Effective Witness Statements / Afneem van Doeltreffende Getuieverklarings provides in-depth coverage of every stage of the statement-taking process, from preparing the witness before a statement is taken, through observing the body language of the witness during the interview, to compiling a post-interview report.

Taking Effective Witness Statements / Afneem van Doeltreffende Getuieverklarings focuses on different forms of witness statements and provides expert practical guidance on such matters as:

  • understanding the requirements of an effective witness statement
  • recognising the characteristics of an effective witness statement
  • how to format the statement correctly
  • what language to use when writing the statement
  • common mistakes made in statement taking (and how to avoid them)
  • professional qualities of investigators.


  • The investigation of crime
  • Interviewing witnesses to obtain statements
  • Witness statements
  • An effective sworn witness statement
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Annexures
    • Statement by a private investigator
    • Justices of the Peace and Commissioners of Oaths Act 16 of 1963
    • Regulations governing the administering of an oath or affirmation
    • Articles 21, 50 and 250 of the Criminal Procedure Act
    • Statement regarding interview with a suspect

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