Going to court as a victim or witness

Extra protection in the courtroom

The court may be able to take extra steps to protect you if you’re:

  • under 18
  • disabled
  • afraid to give evidence
  • a victim of a sexual offence

These could include:

  • screens to stop you from having to see the defendant
  • giving evidence via a live CCTV link
  • asking the public to leave the courtroom when you give evidence, if the case is about a sexual offence

Speak to the police officer, witness care officer or the solicitor who asked you to come to court if you need extra protection.