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Whether or not the case goes to court, your officer will be with you every step of the way, offering support and keeping you up to date on the progress of any investigation if you would like them to.

Should the case go to court, they’ll also be with you throughout the two hearings involved.

Magistrates' court

The first is a hearing at Magistrates’ Court where evidence is usually given in a written statement. If the magistrates are satisfied with the evidence the case will be committed to trial at Crown Court before a judge and jury.

Crown court

At crown court you will be asked to give your evidence by the prosecution. We know this can be intimidating so arrangements can sometimes be made for evidence to be given via video link so you don’t have to enter the court room.

After giving your evidence you may be questioned about it by the barrister representing the defence.
If you are unsure of anything please don’t be afraid to tell your officer.

Rights of Women, a voluntary organisation that works to educate women about their legal rights, has produced a leaflet called From Report to Court which outlines court proceedings and offers information and support. You can download it on their website.

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