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Affidavits and Statements (Online)

Maximise the evidentiary value of witness statements and affidavits. Develop a systematic approach to assembly of the affidavit material addressing the relevant facts in issue in the Statement of Claim and the evidential material needed to establish issues in dispute, enabling them to be coordinated into comprehensive affidavit documents.

About this course

This program provides participants with knowledge, insights and a framework for preparing affidavits, including interviewing clients and recording statements. Preparation and drafting of affidavits is an essential and important skill for any lawyer. Our expert will take you through the steps in taking a witness statement or affidavit, from preparation and interview, through evidentiary and procedural issues, to using the affidavit to draft pleadings.

3 CPD units (one unit per hour)

Course structure

Day 1 – Topic Introduction, Preparation and Witness Interviews

  • Introduction
  • When is an affidavit or statement required?
  • Preparation for taking a witness statement or affidavit
  • Interviewing the witness.

Day 2 – Contents of the Affidavit or Statement and Evidentiary Issues

  • Substance of the affidavit
  • Evidentiary issues
  • Privilege and affidavits and statements
  • Expert reports.

Day 3 – Drafting and Use of Affidavits and Statements

  • Drafting
  • Form and presentation
  • Taking an affidavit
  • Procedural issues
  • Use of an affidavit.

Learning outcomes

This seminar will equip participants to:

  • Plan and prepare to take a statement
  • Recognise and select appropriate forms and structure for affidavits
  • Understand the evidentiary issues involved in the preparation of affidavits
  • Identify appropriate uses of affidavits.

Online delivery requirements

This course will be facilitated online using Zoom video conferencing. You will need:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones for audio 
  • Microphone and video camera functionality (optional but recommended)
  • Please be on time, your zoom sessions will commence at 4.00pm.



A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you’re eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘A bit about you’).

When signing up for the Session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your Cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that there’s a limit of one discount rate per participant.

Who is this course for?

This program is particularly useful for

  • General legal practitioners
  • Senior managers and leadership teams
  • In-house legal teams
  • Corporate counsel
  • Lawyers in government agencies.




06 October




3 hrs

Meet the Expert

Paul Venus

Paul Venus
Managing Partner, Holding Redlich Brisbane

Paul has been practising commercial law for over 30 years and teaching this course for over 15 years.  After a period with a major national firm, Paul joined the Sydney office of Holding Redlich in 2004.

He moved to Brisbane to head the Queensland office in a period of exceptional growth. With a background in commercial litigation, he has a deep experience upon which this course has been based.

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Additional Information

Disclaimer: While it is the Faculty's intention to provide this short course as advertised, UTS reserves the right to alter the program, or to cancel this short course should the minimum enrolment quota not be met.

Book a session

Tue 06 Oct 2020 -
Thu 08 Oct 2020
Expert: Paul Venus
  • Online using facilitated Zoom sessions
  • Online
  • 3 sessions, 2.75 hours total

These webinars are conducted via Zoom. For optimum participation, you should have a functioning webcam, microphone and headphone or speakers.

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