Shortly before a survivor testifies in court, she can come into HELP he counsellor will talk to her about what preparation she find most helpful. This can include showing a video of the court process, explaining what to expect in court, planning ways to better cope with testifying and addressing any specific concerns a survivor might have. The counsellor can also be there as an emotional support when watching the video statement, if one has been .
The HELP counsellor can work with you to understand how best to prepare yourself to give evidence in court. Working out a strategy to help you stay calm and focused while giving evidence is helpful. f you need to take a break at any time, let the Judge know t is important that you clearly understand the questions so do not rush to answer themsk the Judge to clarify any confusing questions.
People involved in the trial that you will meet beforehand:
Officer in harge: You should know the fficer in charge quite well by the time you get to the trial date. It is important that you feel free to call them if you have any questions.
Prosecuting Lawyer: You can meet with prosecuting lawyer before the tril so that they can answer any questions and help you . Having the HELP ounsellor present at than also be helpful to emotionally support you through this process.
Court Victim Advisor: The ictim dvisor will make contact with you to give you information about the court date. They are a valuable resource for you to have someone in the court that you know and feel comfortable with. They will arrange with the fficer in harge and yourself to look around the court before the trial, provide court education and answer any further questions you may have about the proceedings on the day.
Find out what happens during the trial.