At True Solutions LLC, our primary function is to gather facts. One of our primary forms of fact-gathering is the witness statement. Statements, of course, take many forms. Affidavits, handwritten statements by witnesses, statements written by investigators and signed by witnesses, and recorded statements are all widely used in the context of civil and criminal litigation. However, regardless of the form of the statement, statements have three primary purposes.
- SETTLEMENT — to develop information and “investigate” a case in the classic sense for purposes of settlement;
- PRESERVATION — to serve as a recorded recollection of a witness whose memory might fade legitimately with the passage of time; and
- IMPEACHMENT — to document testimony and provide a reliable standard against which a potentially hostile witness might later be held with regard to testimony from the witness stand.