Going to court as a witness

Posted on 27 May 2015

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is responsible for running all of the courts. To find out more click here. The Witness Charter sets out the standards of care you can expect if you are a witness to a crime or incident in England and Wales. The Charter is available online here. There is a ‘Going to Court – A Step by Step Guide to Being a Witness’ DVD which explains what happens at court. You can view this here. In addition, HMCTS has a ‘You are a Prosecution Witness’ leaflet on services and facilities available at individual Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. This can also be viewed online here.

The Witness Service, run by Citizens Advice, helps victims and witnesses attending court. They are trained staff and volunteers who you can talk to about what to expect before going to court during a pre-trial visit, and who are also present to support you at court. Please note the Witness Service cannot discuss the case or the contents of your evidence with you. To find out more, click here or call 0300 332 1000

Last updated 27th May 2015