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The Witness Charter

Guidance on how you can expect to be treated by the police as a witness to a crime or incident.

The Witness Charter has been developed to tell you how, as a witness, how you can expect to be treated by the police if you are a witness to a crime or incident. It also covers subsequent standards of care for other criminal justice agencies and lawyers if you are asked to give evidence for the prosecution, or defence, in a criminal court.

The charter sets out what help and support you can expect to receive at every stage of the process from all the agencies and lawyers involved, although it does not cover the work of judges and magistrates.

To view the Witness Charter in detail please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-witness-charter-standards-of-care-for-witnesses-in-the-criminal-justice-system