Witnesses

Witnesses play a very important role at the Children's Court and the WA justice system.

Witnesses appearing in the Children's Court can be of any age. You may be called as a witness in a criminal matter or a protection proceeding. If you are appearing as a witness you should:

When you are called to give your evidence, the orderly will show you where to stand and when to sit down. You will be required to take an oath or affirmation, which is a promise you make to the court that you will tell the truth.

Sometimes witnesses do not want to face the accused in court and may give their evidence from another room or another court by closed-circuit television systems. If you require this service, contact the office listed on your witness summons.

When giving evidence:

You may be able to claim expenses associated with your court attendance. Contact the registry staff for more information.

The Department of the Attorney General's Child Witness Service provides free emotional support and practical preparation for children under 18 years of age who give evidence in court in a criminal matter. The service does not provide services to accused children/young people.

The Child Witness Service can:

Referrals can be made by the police, the DPP or you can make a direct referral by phoning the co-ordinator on 9425 2850.

Last updated: 28-Oct-2013

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