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Tips for when giving evidence

  • It is OK to take your time when giving your answer to a question. There is nothing wrong with really thinking about what it is you want to say;
  • Try to say your answer in a loud and clear voice. Lots of people feel embarrassed about saying things to the court, but it is important that you tell the court what happened, even if it is a secret or if you have to use rude words’
  • Sometimes you may be asked two questions at once. You may agree with one part of the question but think that the other part is wrong. It is OK to say which part you agree with and which part you don’t;
  • If you are asked the same question twice, it does not mean that your first answer is wrong, just keep telling the truth.

Being a witness is an important role but it can be a hard job. You may feel upset. You may get tired. You might get confused. If you have been at court for a long time you might need a drink or need to go to the toilet. If this happens, it is OK to ask the judge or magistrate if you can have a break.

You might be asked questions about things that happened a long time ago. These questions might be about what you said to police.

If you can't remember, say 'I can’t remember'. If you don’t know the answer to a question say, 'I don't know'.

After you have given your evidence…

Firstly, we need to congratulate you for giving your evidence. You have been very brave!

You can talk to your support person about what it was like for you to give your evidence. You can leave the courthouse now that you have finished your important role. Well done!

Updated: 4th April 2022