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Taking Effective Witness Statements


ISBN13: 9781485101048
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Juta Law
Country of Publication: South Africa
Format: Paperback
Price: £40.00



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Taking Effective Witness Statements is a practical book on crime investigations with reference to the role of witness statements in such investigations.

The book also delves into how a witness should be prepared before a statement is taken, actions by the interviewer and observations during statement taking. Body language and different methods to approach a witness are discussed as well as the goals of interviewing a witness for the purposes of obtaining an effective statement.

Taking Effective Witness Statements focuses on different forms of witness statements and deals with:-

  • Requirements for a good statement
  • Characteristics of a good statement
  • Practical layout and format of a statement
  • Language in which a statement is taken
  • Mistakes made by investigators when writing a statement
  • Professional aspects that investigators must satisfy to meet requirements

Subjects:
South Africa, Evidence, Other Jurisdictions
Contents:
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.