Your rights as a witness
The Witness charter sets out how you can expect the court and others to treat you as a witness
The criminal justice system has produced a Witness Charter (the Charter) to set out the basic standards of service you can expect if you are a witness of crime.
Unlike the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, the Criminal Justice agencies and lawyers are not legally required to meet these standards for witness care.
However, in practice most of the people and organisation you deal with as a witness will meet and abide by the standards set out in the Charter.
If you think you're not being treated as you should as a witness, or think the standards of service are not being met, you can raise this with the Witness Care Unit.