used in court as evidence. They can serve to remind all involved persons about details of the incident.
You must review written statements. Accuracy and completeness determine whether or not it is
admissible in court.
Document an Interview or Interrogation.
a. DA Form 2823, Sworn Statement, is the official document used to record statements made
before a trial. Accurate, complete, and legal documentation can be vital evidence to a case.
b. It is extremely important to correctly document statements obtained during an interview or
interrogation. When legally and accurately completed, it can be vital evidence. DA Form 2323, Sworn
Statement, is completed at the end of the interview or interrogation.
c. Heading of DA Form 2823. The heading of the sworn statement identifies the person making
the statement and the location. Review Figure 3-3 for the following information. The location is where
the statement is made. The date is the date the statement is made; not when the incident occurred. The
time is when the interviewee signs the sworn statement. It is filled in and initialed when the statement is
signed. In the example, the time was 1645 when PFC Spratt signed the statement. You can see that the
sample has been typed. The date is typed and the time and individual's initial are handwritten. At times
it is necessary to type and record DA Form 2823 after the interviewee has prepared his handwritten
statement. Then the typist will type in what was originally initialed. This shows the interviewee was
aware of all information contained on the form.
d. The file number is the MP report number. The DA Form 3975 for the case will provide this
information. The name, Social Security Number (SSN), grade/- status, and organization is of the person
making the sworn statement. If he is a civilian or a dependent, the grade/status block would indicate
this. Home address or sponsor's unit would be filled in the block requesting organizational data.
Figure 3-3. Completed Heading DA Form 2823.