Witnesses play a central role in the criminal justice system

This section provides information to witnesses and also witnesses who are victims and bereaved family members.



  • The role of witnesses in the court process
  • What you can expect from us
  • The role of the Victims and Witness Assistance Service
  • Sex Offences and Family Violence
  • How Victim Impact Statements are relevant to witnesses
  • How to access compensation
  • How witnesses can look after themselves
  • Advice on staying safe

Witnesses play a central role in the criminal justice system. We recognise the importance of providing information and support to witnesses throughout the court process.

The Witness Assistance Service (WAS) supports victims and witnesses of serious crime through the court process.

Special arrangements for victims of sexual assault and family violence aim to minimise the stress and trauma often associated with giving evidence.

If you are a victim of crime and the accused person has been found guilty, or pleaded guilty, you are able to make a Victim Impact Statement to the court about how the crime has affected you.

You can make a claim for costs you have to pay as a witness and can apply for compensation as a result of being a victim of crime.

Being involved in the court process as a witness can be challenging. There are a number of services you can access for information and support to help you through the process.

Witnesses and victims need to feel safe during the court process.

Access publications for witnesses.