Going to Court

Useful advice about going to court when you are the victim:

  • The decision to bring charges must be yours, as the victim. However, be prepared that once that decision is made, all further decisions about the conduct of the case will be in other hands
  • Before making the decision to proceed, find out everything you can about the entire process: making a statement, the arrest procedure, bail conditions, the committal hearing, the trial and what support services are available to help you

  • Write down everything you can remember about the crime. When it comes to making a Statement take the notes with you to help you remember everything you need to include in your Statement

  • Ask as many questions as you like. The more information you have the better prepared you will be
  • Request any available literature about the court process and read it carefully. The Witness Service should be able to offer good advice and support

  • Make sure that you are informed about each stage in the process before it happens

  • Keep a diary of everything that happens, including the names of all people involved, in case you need to contact them again. This can be useful as it can be difficult to remember everything later

  • If you feel like a break during the time you are giving evidence in court, ask for one

  • If you need a glass of water or a break, you are entitled to ask the Magistrate or Judge.
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