Tell us whether you accept cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our website work. We also use cookies to collect information about how you use so we can improve our services.

Beta This is a new way of showing guidance - your feedback will help us improve it.

Supplying statements to the defence

Statement from the injured person

1. An injured person's statement should only be sent to the defence, if it is served for the purposes of s 9 CJA 1967. If the statement was compelled using your section 20 powers, you should seek advice from Legal Adviser’s Office as to how it can be used in the proceedings. Care should be taken not to prejudice any civil proceedings, wherever possible.

Statement helpful to the defence

2. If you have taken a statement from a person you know can give material evidence helpful to the accused, but decide not to call that person as a witness, you are under a duty to tell the defence about the witness. 1

3. Similarly, if you take a statement from a person and decide that the person is not a "witness of truth" and would seek to depart from, or contrive an explanation for his/her statement if called as a witness for the defence, you are under a duty to give details (amounting to more than merely the name and address of the witness) to the defence. 2

4. You should normally send such witness statements to the defence, but if you think there is a good reason for not sending the statement to the defence, you should seek advice from Legal Adviser’s Office.



  1. R v Leyland Justices, ex parte Hawthorn [1979] 1 All ER 204.
  2. R v Mills (H.L.) [1997] WLR 458.
Updated 2019-12-17