All sorts of court cases can require people to give evidence as a witness to help establish the truth of the claims being made. This guide answers some questions about being a witness and outlines some of the extra rights that victims have.
This guide covers:
- What does a witness do?
- What if I don’t want to be a witness?
- How should I prepare for court?
- Where do I go when I arrive at the court?
- Can I watch the case?
- How will I know when to give my evidence?
- What if I know a juror?
- What happens in the witness box?
- When giving evidence
- Are there special rules for child witnesses?
- Can the media report my evidence?
- Could I have to give evidence more than once?
- What happens after I’ve given evidence?
- What happens when the verdict is given?
- What happens at sentencing
- Are youth courts different?
- Who is classed as a victim?
- What are the special rights for victims?
- Can victims influence the sentence?
- Other rights for victims
Last updated on the 9th June 2015