What if my case goes to court?

Going to court - a step by step guide to being a witness

For the YouTube videos on Going to court please visit the Minitry of Justice UK playlist going to court.

If your case goes to court, you might be called as a witness. If this happens, don’t worry; you will be supported throughout the process.

We will allocate you a witness care officer from the witness care unit, which consists of staff from the police and Crown Prosecution Service. They will be your point of contact and will answer any questions or concerns you may have. They will help you from the moment the defendant (accused) is given their first court hearing date to the conclusion of the case.

The witness care officer will:

  • Keep you informed of any developments in the case
  • Provide you with advice and support if you are a vulnerable person
  • Help you if you are being intimidated
  • Offer practical help, including help with travel arrangements, finding suitable child care, overcoming language barriers or making arrangements to accommodate any disability you may have
  • Put you in touch with other people who might be able to support you, such as Victim Support, or the Witness Service (Please see separate section on further advice and support for witnesses)

Select the link on the right-hand side of the page for details of your local witness care unit.

Online witness information packs

If you have been asked to go to court and have specified that you would like to access online information about attending court rather than having it sent to you, please view the information by clicking on the relevant link under the ‘Documents’ heading in the right hand menu.

Other specialist support and advice

There are a number of agencies that provide additional advice and support to witnesses and victims. Please view our related links on the right-hand side of the page, or contact your witness care officer.

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