Guide

Giving evidence at court

Last updated: 7 August 2017

Arriving at court and waiting to give evidence

Bring your citation with you when you come to court and show it to the person at reception.

A court officer will note down that you've arrived and will direct you to the witness waiting room.

There may be other witnesses in the waiting room. In criminal cases, witnesses for the defence and for the prosecution wait in separate rooms.

Cases are dealt with as quickly as possible but some can take a long time. Court staff will give you regular updates on the progress of the court case – at least once an hour in criminal court cases.

Read more guidance on what to expect on the day you go to court to give evidence.

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Giving evidence at court
Arriving at court and waiting to give evidence