Help and information about giving evidence

It is not unusual for people to feel anxious about giving evidence in court. Perhaps you are not sure if what you say, or how you say it, will help make sure that justice is served.

People who work in the criminal justice system know the experience can be new or strange for you, and will do what they can to make sure you are treated with respect and sensitivity.

The Witness Service

You can talk to a trained volunteer from the Witness Service before you go to court, and a volunteer will be at the court to help you. They cannot discuss evidence or give legal advice, but they will be a friendly face who will show you around the court and tell you what will happen. There is a Witness Service in every criminal court in England and Wales.

Trained volunteers provide a free and confidential service including:

  • General information on court proceedings
  • Personal support before, during and after the hearing
  • Someone to go with you into the courtroom if you have to give evidence
  • A visit to a court before you give evidence so it will not seem strange to you on the day.