The witness charter: standards of care for witnesses in the criminal justice system

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Date of publication
10 December 2013
Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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The Witness Charter sets out the standards of care people can expect if they are a witness to a crime or incident
in England and Wales. This Charter applies to all witnesses of a crime and to character witnesses but not expert
witnesses. This Charter covers both prosecution and defence witnesses and sets out what help and support they can expect at every stage of the process from each of the service providers involved in the criminal justice system. The service providers covered by the Charter are the police,  the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), staff in Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS), the Witness Service and defence lawyers. The work of judges and magistrates is not covered.