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Understand the court process

Going to court can be daunting, and the court process can be hard to understand. Whether you’re a victim or a witness, you’ll be supported through every step of the process – before, during and after the trial.

A victim’s journey through the criminal justice system

Understand the different stages of a victim’s journey through the criminal justice system.

A witness’s journey through the criminal justice system

Understand the different stages of a witness’s journey through the criminal justice system.

Your rights during a court trial

Understand your rights as a victim or a witness during a trial.

Getting support before a trial

Get practical and emotional support from the Witness Service.

Preparing to go to court

Get helpful information on preparing to go to court.

Going to court

Find out what happens on the day you go to court.

Special measures

Understand the extra support available for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses.

Reaching a verdict and sentencing

Find out about the outcome of a court case.

Claiming expenses

Know how to claim expenses for going to court as a victim or a witness.

After the trial

Find out what happens after the trial and the ongoing support you’ll get.

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