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High Court Considers the Appropriate Language for a Witness Statement
5 May 2022
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In circumstances where a witness speaks a blend of English and another language, choosing to draft the witness’s statement in English can be justified.
Notably, the Court has acknowledged that current witness statement rules do not adequately cater to situations where a witness speaks a mixture of two languages.
Accordingly, solicitors and their clients must ensure that where a decision is taken to prepare a statement in English, rather than another of the witness’s spoken languages, the decision is taken by reference to the requirements of PD57AC and what is practicable in the circumstances.
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