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Retract a witness statement

At the point of providing a signed statement to the Police the witness becomes compellable. This means that it is no longer the choice of the witness whether they give evidence or not. The Crown Prosecution Service decide whether that witness will give evidence and they have a number of ways of ensuring that witness attends Court (this includes applying to the Court for a summons).

If you have given a statement to the police but now wish to retract it, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. A retraction statement can be given indicating your unwillingness to attend Court and give evidence.

Do not contact the police if you wish to retract your statement. The police will usually have little interest in taking a retraction statement and as such, you should always contact a solicitor. At Bhatia Best, we draft comprehensive retraction statements and serve them on the Court, the CPS and the Defendant’s solicitors without delay.

Why withdraw a statement?

There are many reasons you may wish to retract your witness statement:

  • You no longer support the prosecution and do not want to attend Court to give evidence
  • You felt pressured by the police to give a statement
  • The police took your witness statement whilst you were intoxicated

Whatever the reason, we can advise you as to the process and ensure a statement is taken at short notice.

Can I get legal aid?

Legal Aid is usually available for retraction statements for those on certain state benefits or those will low income. Contact us to find out if you are eligible for Legal Aid.

Where Legal Aid is not available, we offer a competitive fixed fee with no hidden costs.

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If you wish to retract a witness statement, please contact us on 0333 016 3333 or by completing the contact form on this page.

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