The Court Support Service volunteers are trained to support prosecution witnesses and their families. The service provides support both before and during court proceedings. Our volunteers will arrange to meet the witnesses prior to the trial and take them on a ‘Pre-trial Visit’.
During these pre-trial visits, our volunteers will show witnesses around an empty court room, enabling them to become familiar with the court building and with the courtroom layout. They will explain the various court roles, who everyone is and where everyone sits, both those representing the prosecution and the defence and explain the various court procedures to the witness/victim. Our volunteers offer emotional support to the witnesses by accompanying them into court and remaining with them throughout the duration of the trial.
A room is provided in the Four Courts, which witnesses and their families can use for the duration of the trial. This room is located within the vicinity of the Four Courts and offers victims and their families a private space which they can adjourn to throughout the duration of the trial process. This room is for the use of the Court Support Services and the victims and witnesses we support.