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Affidavits and Statements

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.

Four CPD units (one unit per hour)


Full price: $484 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information.


For NSW lawyers seeking to include this study towards their legal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements, note that completion of this short course may count as 4 CPD units (one legal CPD unit per hour).

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

Course outline

This course consists of two x 2-hour webinars led by expert Paul Venus of Holding Redlich, together with exercises and reference resources including a written paper.  Topics covered during the course include:

  • Introduction
  • When is an affidavit or statement required?
  • Preparation for taking a witness statement or affidavit
  • Interviewing the witness
  • Substance of the affidavit
  • Evidentiary Issues
  • Privilege and affidavits and statements
  • Expert Reports
  • Drafting
  • Form and presentation
  • Taking an affidavit
  • Procedural issues
  • Use of an affidavit.

Course learning objectives

This course should 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.



This course will be facilitated online using Zoom video conferencing with course materials provided via the UTS Canvas Learning Management System. You will need:

  • Access to a computer or device with a reliable internet connection
  • Operating system with a web browser compatible with the Canvas LMS
  • Speakers or headphones for audio 
  • Microphone and video camera functionality (optional but recommended).

Please be on time. Your Zoom sessions will commence at 9:30am.


Discounts are available for this course as follows:  

  • UTS alumni and current students: 10% discount with voucher code: Lawalumni
  • UTS staff: 10% discount (see below)
  • 5 or more enrolments from the same organisation: 15% discount

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price.  

UTS Staff only: How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount  

Please contact the team at  to clarify payment options and the 10% staff discount code.

Multiple enrolments from the same organisation

To take up this offer, email with:

  • Your organisation’s name
  • The course name and date 
  • The number of people you’ll be enrolling (minimum of 5 participants).

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Who is this course for?

This short course is suitable for (but not limited to):

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


09 August




2 days

Meet the Expert

Paul Venus

Paul Venus
Managing Partner, Holding Redlich Brisbane

Paul has been practising commercial law for over 27 years and has been teaching this course for 20 years.  After a period with a major national firm, he joined Holding Redlich in 2007 and heads the Queensland office in a period of exceptional growth for the firm in that state.

With a background in commercial litigation, Paul has vast experience and exceptional knowledge in the field, upon which this course has been based.

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Book a session

Tue 09 Aug 2022 -
Wed 10 Aug 2022
Expert: Paul Venus
  • Zoom session
  • Online
  • 2 sessions, 4 hours total

Enrolments are scheduled to close at 12.00pm AEDT on Monday 8 August 2022

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