The Witness Service is run by the Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support Scheme and was officially launched by the Bailiff, Geoffrey Rowland on 18 May 2006.
Both of our services operate from a quiet self-contained suite, based on the ground floor of the new court building.
Many witnesses feel worried about going to court, regardless of whether or not they were the victim of the crime.
They may not know what to expect or how to find out about court procedures, court layout or the role of the various people working at the court.
They may find it difficult to give evidence, especially if it means talking about unpleasant events in public, including accusing another person of committing a crime.
They may not feel prepared for the process of cross-examination which can sometimes feel very critical or even humiliating.
There is a Witness Service run by Victim Support in every criminal court in England and Wales offering a free, confidential service giving information and support to victims, witnesses, their families and friends before, during and after attending the criminal court.
We support prosecution and defence witnesses, children as well as adults, but cannot discuss evidence, give legal advice or views on sentencing.
Witness Service staff and volunteers can provide someone to talk to in confidence, a chance to see the court beforehand and to learn about court procedures and the roles of the various people in the court.
We have a quiet self-contained witness suite in which to wait and volunteers to accompany witnesses into court when giving evidence if needed and also to provide information about the outcome of the case.
The Witness Service gives victims and witnesses the chance to talk over the case when it has ended and can liaise with other statutory or voluntary agencies where requested by victims/witnesses.
We also support and work alongside other people who may accompany a witness, for example a parent, carer, social worker, interpreter or expert witness.
Witness Support are based within the new court building and can be contacted by:
Phone: + 44 (0)1481 713000
Fax: + 44 (0)1481 710024
It is not a 24hr services but messages are checked regularly outside of office hours.