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Report-Writing in an Advice Centre

Reports are written to report back about what a person, group or committee has done.

Paralegals might have to write regular reports on their work for their management structures, for funders and partner organisations.

A community-based paralegal who is monitoring a situation in a community, for example, a demonstration, should write a report on what was witnessed. This should include relevant dates, times, venue, people involved, etc.

Office-bearers in an organisation should also write regular reports, for example a treasurer can write a monthly report on the finances of the organisation, a community liaison person should write a brief report on meetings attended on behalf of the organisation and the outcomes of those meetings. Report-writing is a very important communication tool which enables people to share information in a structured way and it means everyone is kept informed on what is happening.