Expenses for going to court
You can ask for expenses when you go to court as a:
- prosecution witness - from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
- defence witness - from the defence lawyer
Your employer does not have to pay you for your time off work.
Ask the Citizens Advice Witness Service for help with claiming expenses.
You can claim for expenses from the CPS. They’ll pay for things like:
- travelling expenses - the standard or 2nd class fare, or 25p per mile if you drive
- meals and refreshments - £2.25 for up to 5 hours, or £4.50 for 5 to 10 hours
- loss of earnings - £33.50 for up to 4 hours, or £67 for longer (£42.95 or £85.90 if you’re self-employed)
- childcare - up to £67 per day
If you’re not sent an expenses form before the trial, ask for one from a court usher or someone from the Citizens Advice Witness Service.
If the court usher does not give you an expenses form, ask the court or the defence lawyer if you’re able to claim expenses for your time in court.