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How to Write a Witness Testimony

Updated March 23, 2017

If you are a witness for a court case, you may be required to write a witness testimony. Witness testimony is commonly written in the form of a witness affidavit. To do this, the witness must clearly write his testimony regarding a specific event or speak his testimony while another person writes it or records it. This testimony is used in court and is considered written under oath. When writing a witness testimony, you must tell the complete, unbiased truth to the best of your knowledge and memory.

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  1. Create a heading. Witness statements contain testimony of a witness and must include a heading. On the left side of the heading, include information about the name of the court the statement is prepared for, the date it was written and any court or claim number associated with the testimony. The right side of the heading should state the name of the person giving the testimony as well as the name of the defendant the testimony is about.

  2. Place the court case name in the centre below the heading. Below this, write "Witness Statement of" followed by the person's name.

  3. Begin the testimony. The first few lines of witness testimony should include who you are and the reasons you are writing the testimony. Mention the court case and the charges of the defendant. Include a statement that says "This information is true to the best of my knowledge."

  4. Recite or write the facts. In a logical order, state all of the information you know about the case including specific details, such as time, names or locations. Do not include any information in the testimony that contains bias or opinions. Witness testimony is normally recorded by an attorney. This attorney should cross-examine the witness to help iron out small details or inconsistencies within the testimony.

  5. Review the testimony. Look for errors, any further inconsistencies or details that do not make sense or are not relevant. Be sure that you include only details that you, as the witness, actually observed.

  6. Sign your name. After you agree that the testimony is complete, sign and date the document.

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About the Author

Jennifer VanBaren started her professional online writing career in 2010. She taught college-level accounting, math and business classes for five years. Her writing highlights include publishing articles about music, business, gardening and home organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.

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