Giving evidence

The Witness Assistance Service can provide you with court preparation or you can ask the ODPP lawyer for information about what to do when giving evidence. The following general information may also assist you.

When you give your evidence in court:

Address the Judge or the Magistrate as “Your Honour”.

Consider each question before you answer.

If you do not understand a question, please say so.

Remember to take your time so you can give a complete answer. Do not guess. If you are not sure about an answer, just say so.

Do not say what someone else has told you unless you are asked.

Speak clearly so that your evidence can be understood. The microphone in front of you only records your voice; it does not make it louder.

You can ask for a drink of water or a tissue if needed.

If you need to go to the toilet or are feeling unwell politely ask the Magistrate or Judge if you can have a break.

After you have given your evidence and are excused by the court, you are free to leave. You may stay in the courtroom if you wish, unless you are expected to give evidence again later in the proceedings.