If you are reading this, you may have seen something happen or someone has hurt you in a way that is against the law. This wasn’t your fault, but because you are involved, you will need to give evidence in a court of law.
To help ease your burden, you have been assigned a PACT volunteer who is there to help you with any questions you may have and to support you along the way.
Your PACT Support Person is there to:
Before you give evidence:
Day of court:
1. Your PACT volunteer will meet you near the courthouse at a place you have decided on beforehand.
2. You will be taken through the Director of Public Prosecutions area to help prepare you to give evidence.
3. You wait until you're called to give evidence. As it can take a long time for the proceedings to commence, it is a good idea to bring something warm (like a jumper), your phone and charger, a book to read, a water bottle and a snack.
Children and young people under the age of 18 can usually give pre-recorded evidence from a private room using a video link, away from the main court. This means you will probably give your evidence from the pre-recording room.
The pre-recording room has comfy chairs and a table, a video screen with a camera and microphone where you will talk to the judge, prosecutor and defence lawyer. It's a safe room and your PACT volunteer will be next to you while you give evidence.
Here are some tips to remember when giving evidence:
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