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Court information for children

Note for parents and guardians

Many adults will find it daunting to attend a court and give evidence. The environment is quite formal, they are asked questions relating to the crime and expected to give explicit responses. If adults find the experience daunting, imagine how frightening it is for a child!

Our Child Witness Support Service, located within the Department of Justice, Victims Support Services, is designed specifically for child victims of family violence and is funded by the Safe at Home program.

The purpose of this information is to walk children and young persons through the court experience so that they are aware of what the court will look like, who they are likely to meet at the court and what will be expected of them. It provides some helpful advice as to how to give evidence and what the video conferencing facilities are like, and also includes information on what to bring to court.

Updated: 4th April 2022