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The Witness Charter has been developed to tell you how, as a witness, you can expect to be treated by the Prosecution if you are a witness to a crime or incident and you have been asked to give evidence for the prosecution in a criminal court. The charter sets out what help and support you can expect to receive at every stage of the process from police investigators and prosecution lawyers involved. It does not cover the work of agencies, defence lawyers, judges and magistrates.

The standards of service set out in the Witness Charter apply to all witnesses, regardless of whether you may also be the victim of the crime. The Witness Charter is not set out in law, and there may be constraints which affect the ability of the prosecution to provide the service. The Prosecution will seek to comply with the standards, insofar as is practicable and their professional rules allow.

Last Updated 2015-10-17