There are generally two kinds of statements:
- A Witness Statement, (or sometimes called an Investigation Statement); and/or
- A Cautioned Statement from a person being charged.
Generally, if accused of a crime, you are required to give both kinds of statements. If you do not understand English, you should inform the Police officer and you will be interviewed in a language that you understand. If you have a defence that shows you are innocent of the offence that you have been alleged to have committed, you should inform the officer and make sure this is recorded in your statements. After giving any statement, read the statement carefully and make sure everything recorded is accurate before you sign it. You have a right to amend or delete any part of your statements.