Witnesses

Going to court as a witness or as the victim of crime can be a worrying and stressful experience.

Witness Service

The Witness Service helps people through the process before, during and after a court hearing, providing emotional support and practical information about court proceedings.

We will support anyone who has to go to court as a victim or witness, regardless of whether they are a witness for the defence or prosecution.

Who we help:

• Witnesses who are called to give evidence, including defence witnesses

• Victims of crime and their families and friends attending court for any reason

• Children as well as adults

What we offer:

• Someone to talk to in confidence

• A visit to the court to look around the courtroom before the trial

• A DVD explaining the court process and personnel and showing how the trial will proceed

• Information on court procedures

• A quiet place for you to wait before and during the trial

• Someone to accompany you into the court room when you give evidence

• Someone to be there afterwards to talk over what happened

• Practical help, for example with expense forms

• To put you in touch with people who can answer specific questions about your case (the Witness Service cannot discuss evidence or offer legal advice)

• On-going support, even after the case is over

If you are attending court you may find it useful to take the following:

• A friend or relative – you don’t have to attend court alone

• Any information you have on the case, for example the name of the police officer dealing with your case

• The letter asking you to attend court, if you have received one

• Something to read or do – you may have to wait a long time for the case to be called

• Money to cover costs on the day, such as car parking or refreshments

Claiming expenses:

If you are called as a witness, you can claim your expenses after the trial. These expenses may

include travel to the court, essential childcare, or loss of earnings. Please contact us for more

information.

Links

The Witness Charter – this was launched by the Jersey Police Witness Care Unit in 2012 to help witnesses going to court and to make the experience less daunting– you can read it here.

Witness Service DVD

The Royal Court webpage

The Magistrate’s Court, Youth Court and Petty Debts Court webpage