Going to court
While you are going through this process, you may feel you need some extra support. Sometimes in these situations, it can be difficult to discuss things with family and friends, even if they are supportive.
You will have been offered support from Juniper Lodge by your dedicated police officer; don’t worry if at the time you didn’t take up this offer. You can access Juniper Lodge’s services at any time, just call the helpline number listed under 'useful numbers'.
If you should have to go to court, a week or so before the trial, a support officer will meet with you and take you around an empty court room, so that you are familiar with the surroundings on the day. On the day of the trial, you will be accompanied by a supporter to ensure things run smoothly.
There is a separate entrance and waiting room for witnesses, so you will not have to enter the public area at all if you do not want to. You may find you have to wait a while before you are called to give evidence, so it is a good idea to bring something with you to pass the time, such as a book or a handheld game.