Going to court
If you have seen or heard about a crime, or been the victim of one, you may have to talk about what happened at court. This is called giving evidence and by doing this you will be a witness. Lots of young people go to court as witnesses, so don’t feel that you’re alone. Remember, you haven’t done anything wrong, and you will have lots of support.
The court process
It’s important that you understand the court process if you are going to be a witness. This is because it will help you:
Support at court
The Witness Service operates in every Crown Court, magistrates’ court, and youth court.
Preparing for court
Everyone tries to make sure that cases involving young witnesses are dealt with as quickly as possible, but some cases still take a long while to come to court.
Giving your evidence
You are going to court to tell the judge and jury or magistrate what happened to you, or what you saw or heard.