Date and Time
4 day course
Day one: 12 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Day two: 13 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Day three: 19 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Day four: 20 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm
About the Course
This programme specifically addresses the challenges faced in the collation and presentation of witness statements and evidence.
It aims to provide each participant with an understanding of best practice procedures in taking witness statements and using evidence to prepare reports for legal proceedings. Modules will include simulations and workshops along with the presentation of theory. Our tutors will take into account that some learners may be new to this role or need an update on current legislation and procedures in the taking of witness statements etc. and as such the modules are tailored to offer a range of options and advice to suit the varying needs of each participant, depending upon their experience.
Lecture modules will be complemented by a simulated training workshop, where by a number of practical exercises will be run.
On completion of this course participants will:
- Have a comprehensive understanding of best practice principles in the collation and taking of witness statements;
- Know how to prepare documents and evidence for legal proceedings;
- Understand how statements for evidential purposes should be planned, collated and prepared;
- Have a clear knowledge of the rules regarding statement taking (voluntary, duress, incentives, excessive control);
- Have a clear understanding of the correct styling and formatting of statements and reports for legal proceedings, and how to edit such reports;
- Examining the source and weight of evidence to be included and distinguishing between facts, inferences and opinions.
- Understand legal obligations in relation to privacy issues, data protection, freedom of information and human rights.
Michael Connellan BL is a practicing Barrister. He works primarily in the areas of Labour & Employment Law, Tort & Personal Injury Law and Criminal Law. Michael holds a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh and is also a graduate of University College Dublin and The Honorable Society of King’s Inns.
Sharon Dillon-Lyons is a Barrister-at-Law. She practises in civil litigation including tort and contract law. She has experience working in policy and compliance with non-governmental organisations; specifically legal duties of bodies including legislative compliance with data protection, freedom of information and health and safety. She also has experience of best practice tools to monitor implementation of policies, procedures and compliance with legal and contractual obligations.
Paschal Walsh is a Senior Manager, Special Investigations Unit at Irish Life with overall responsibility for Special Investigation across the GWL European Enterprise. He is a retired member of An Garda Siochana having spent his last 15 years as a Detective Sergeant at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation where he was responsible for investigating and prosecuting many high profile Fraud cases. Paschal hold an Honours Degree from UCD in Administration of Justice.