High Court Considers the Appropriate Language for a Witness Statement

5 May 2022
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Key takeaways:
  • 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.