(Or press escape)
The ISVA is there for you, to assist in procedure, provide information and help.
The ISVA has a professional, working partnership with the Witness Service at the court, CPS barristers and other agencies working within the court process.
The ISVA can arrange a pre-court visit, with the Witness Service, prior to the hearing, this way you will be able to familiarise yourself with the surroundings.
The ISVA can arrange for ‘special measures’ to be available for you during the court hearing. These ‘special measures’ allow you to give your evidence from behind a screen – preventing the accused from seeing you whilst you speak, sometimes you or the accused may give evidence from a different location by video link. You may also be able to leave the court through a separate exit, should the need arise.
On the day of the court case your ISVA will meet you at the court if you wish and arrange for you to be seated in the witness room. The ISVA will at no time leave you unattended unless requested by yourself.
The ISVA can act on your behalf and contact the CPS and discuss your concerns and ask questions for you if you wish.
Or, the ISVA will accompany you to the CPS and give support whilst you have any questions or need information from the CPS.
Remember, your ISVA is there for you.
Should the defendant (the person who assaulted you) plead guilty, then you need not attend court and a conviction without a jury will be set.
In cases where the defendant pleads not guilty, then the process for a full court hearing with a jury will begin.
The attacker may not plead guilty to all charges, if there is more than one charge, and as such you must attend court in cases were the defendant has pleaded not guilty
If you have any worries, doubts or fears, the ISVA, Witness Service and the CPS barrister will help you in any way they can.
The criminal justice system can often seem frightening and very detached. Asking questions and discussing procedures will help you deal with the whole process.