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What is a Witness Statement?

Witnesses are a vital part of the Tribunal hearing; they provide their evidence fleshing out the detail in the claim form or defence form, showing the Tribunal the relevant documents that support their case and allowing themselves to be cross examined by their opponent.

A witness is not able to present their evidence in a case without having prepared and served a witness statement. There are particular ways to format a witness statement and set out the evidence so it clearly deals with the issues of the case.

Up until 2012 a witness would have to read their statement to a Tribunal at the start of giving evidence but they are now taken as read and witnesses are simply asked questions about their statements during the hearing.