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Understanding your rights and the justice system
At certain times in your life, you may come into contact with the justice system. The details here explain your rights and responsibilities, and where you can get further help and information.
The information in the statement you give to the police is used to try and track down the people who committed the crime. Don’t be concerned if you don’t hear anything from the police for a while – it can take time to build a case and to collect evidence.
- Coming forward as a witness
- Going to court (people with disablities section)
- If you’re a witness (young people section)
- Further information for witnesses of crime (PDF 301 KB)
- Help with PDF files
Giving evidence in court
If someone is charged with the crime, you may be asked to give evidence in court. If you feel nervous or have questions or want to look round court before the trial starts there is help and support available from the Witness Service, an organisation run by Victim Support Northern Ireland (VSNI).
If you’re a victim of crime
Once you have reported your crime to the police, you have a right to be kept up to date on the progress of the case, and to be told about arrests and court cases. You should also receive:
- information about Victim Support NI and either be referred on to them or offered their service
- clear information about compensation that may be available
- a dedicated family liaison police officer if you have been bereaved by the crime