Practice Direction 57AC governs how witnesses must provide their statements to the courts. In brief, the statement must provide a list or schedule of documents upon which the statement relies, it must be provided in the witness’ own words, and it must reflect the witness’ recollection of the facts.
Date : 20/04/23
Working with witnesses, especially those with little judicial experience, can require a lot of billable time and organisation, with hours of preparation usually invested before first meeting with witnesses. Collecting the facts from your witness, and establishing a clear account which is both truthful and supportive of your client’s case is a vital, often expensive, and time-consuming endeavour.
The use of technology in witness preparation can prove prosperously advantageous. TrialView’s digital workspace accommodates seamless workflows for working with witnesses in preparation for your hearing. Some key benefits include:
The ability for witnesses and legal teams alike to upload, collaborate and annotate documents to support statement-writing and preparation;
Record a verbatim account of witness evidence, and make use of our AI speech to text tool by generating a draft witness statement hyperlinked to key documents;
Our digital workspace provides a single environment of truth for all team members to work from, reducing the risks of duplicative efforts and improving efficiency across collaborative workflows;
In adherence to PD 57AC, create a schedule of documents referred to in the witness statement, and hyperlink and/or cross-reference the statement for easy access to relevant documents;
By using our AI-powered cognitive search functionality, analyse patterns and relationships between key actors, dates and events to improve your fact-finding and early witness preparation workflows.
By using our digital workspace from witness preparation to trial, legal teams take full benefit of streamlined workflows through multiple lifecycle stages. For more information on our offering, email us at email@example.com.
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