If you are part of the prosecution your court relation is your witness care officer What to do/expect in the lead up read your statement before going to court – the more you know it, the betterConfirm your date for giving evidence in court as dates change often. Keep checking up until the day before Things to think about – What Would Cats Come to DoWork (What)The earlier you speak to your employer the better, you are not entitled to pay but can claim expenses for loss of earning in court. If you can’t get time of work talk to your court relation – the court can issue a witness summons Won’t make it(Would)Because of a family emergency/illness – tell your court relation asap. The date will likely be changed if the trial cannot go on without you Clothings (Cats)Smart but comfortableChildcare (Come)Entitled to 67GBP a day for childcare Children above 14 can be present if accompanied with another relative or friend Children under 14 are not allowed in the courtroom Travel (To)You can find a map and directions for the court you’re going to using the GOV.UK court and tribunal finder. Plan it in advance to avoid lateness.
If you can’t afford to go to court speak to your court relation and if you have a witness summons, the police can pay for you Disability (Do) Use the GOV.UK court and tribunal finder to find out:what disabled parking, access and toilet facilities are available at the courtif the court has hearing enhancement facilitiesWhat to do/expect on the dayDon’t be intimidated by the process which will include a lot of people. Here’s who you can expect to be in the room You can expect the following people to be present in the courtroom: the accused, the judge and their staff, the prosecutor, defence counsel, the court reporter, the court officer,and in some instances the Jury.
RememberListen carefully take your time, speak slowly and clearlyask for the question to be repeated if you do not understand it or cannot hearif you are not sure of the answer, say soyou can ask the judge for guidancetalk to the judge (or jury if there is one) when giving your evidenceAnswer all questions truthfully, however difficult they may be. • Don’t be afraid to say if you don’t know or can’t remember. • Ask for a break if you need one. • Don’t discuss or show your evidence to other witnesses.How to make it easier Most people feel nervous going to court – there’s no need to worry as you’ll get support throughout the process from the Citizens Advice Witness Service.Contact with the Witness Care Unit if you are worried [email protected] 475950If you are both a witness and a victim Victim support – 0845 676 1020 (Devon)What can we do Walk you through the procedure Be there to listen Direct you to relevant authorities