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Help in Court - Special Measures

Some witnesses can be considered for special measures at court because of their age or the type of offence they witnessed.

The special measures available to vulnerable and intimidated witnesses may include:

  • Screens in the courtroom to prevent you from seeing the defendant
  • Live links allowing you to give evidence away from the courtroom via a live TV link
  • Evidence in private allowing you privacy by clearing the public gallery whilst you give evidence
  • Removal of wigs and gowns by judges and barristers
  • Visually recorded statements allowing the police to obtain your account by video interview rather than a written statement in certain circumstances. The prosecution can apply for this to be used instead of you physically giving evidence in court
  • Support from an Intermediary to help you understand and answer the questions being asked
  • Communication aids to help you give evidence such as symbol boards and voice synthesisers.

The police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will apply for special measure on your behalf but the court will make the final decision about whether or not the special measures requested can be used. Your case worker will discuss this with you.