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“Whoever the victim, and whatever the crime, we will always put them first and give the best possible support, care and advice”

Going to Court

Going to court if you’re a victim or prosecution witness

A Witness Care officer will be able to help provide details around the date, time and venue of the hearing and any changes along your journey.

If you have been the victim of a crime or witnessed a crime you may be required to attend the court as a prosecution witness. Attending court can sometimes be difficult especially if this is your first time. This can be an extremely daunting experience however your Victim’s First Coordinator can ensure you get the correct support and guidance you require.  Our team of fully trained coordinators will provide support through the journey of the court hearing and further should you feel the need. The coordination of support is vital throughout your cope and recovery process and your care is the coordinators main objective. The coordination will involve referring and signposting to various relevant services within the area.

It is important to understand the court process to help you prepare yourself for giving best evidence.

Please use the below links for all useful tools and queries you may have.

If you are still a bit daunted by the court process, these short videos by the Ministry of Justice UK might help explain the process in a step by step guide of what to expect.

  1. Introduction to Going to Court
  2. The Witness Care Unit
  3. The Justice process
  4. The essentials
  5. Which court?
  6. Who is in the courtroom?
  7. The trial – what to expect
  8. Frequently asked questions