1.2 INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 • When you have written your notes, sign and date/time them. Make sure any other witnesses read and sign and date/time them too (assuming they agree. Make sure you have their contact details.You must also give the suspect, if present, the opportunity to read and sign your notes. If they refuse, add a note that you gave them this opportunity. • A statement maybe necessary at some stage. A police officer or other investigating officer will take this for you and advise you how it needs to be done. • If you are asked to appear in court as a witness or expert witness do not worry. It is not you who is on trial.You will be asked to stand in the witness box and swear an oath to tell the truth.You will first be guided through your statement by the prosecution solicitor, after which you will be asked questions by the defence solicitor.You should address your answers to the Magistrates. If you do not know or cannot remember the answer to a question, just say so.Take your original notes along with you. If you wish to refer to them to assist your memory while in the witness box (a prosecution maybe many months after the event, ask for permission.There will be a discussion about the admissibility of your notes, so you will need to tell the court how soon after the event you wrote them. In court, you will not be allowed to give hearsay, but do not worry if you are not too sure what that means because you will simply be stopped if the evidence you give is inadmissible. • Make sure that you report the incident as soon as possible. It makes sense to find out who your local police Wildlife Liaison Officer is and to make contact with them if you suspect you may need their services during your bat work.You can also get help from the SNCO, the Bat Conservation Trust or any police officer. Source: English Nature/RSPB.