Should we ask witnesses who are being interviewed as part of an investigation to sign the notes? What happens if they then make substantial changes to the notes?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 April 2010
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox
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As a general rule and where possible, witnesses should always sign any written evidence that they give as part of an employer’s investigation so that it can be taken as a true and accurate, personally verified account of what they have seen or done.

A statement should not be amended once it is finally signed unless the amendment is seen and expressly approved by the witness. Any alteration should be initialled by the witness to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the statement.

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