Young witness booklet for 5 to 11 year olds

A booklet for young witnesses aged 5 to 11 that explains what a witness does, what a courtroom looks like and who can help you to tell the court what you know.


Going to court (5 to 11 year olds)

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A child should read this guidance with the help of an adult who knows about court procedures and can answer their questions about being a young witness.

There is a different version of this guidance for 12 to 17 year olds.

Find out more about going to court as a victim or witness.

Published 1 October 2017