Career Development Module
The Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses in every criminal court in England and Wales.
This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.
The Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses in every criminal court in England and Wales. Main duties and responsibilities include: • Giving witnesses and their supporters confidential support, guidance and information to make their experience of a criminal court more comfortable. • Explaining court procedures, legal terminology and decisions. • Showing witnesses and others around the courtroom before a trial so they are familiar and at ease in the environment. • Listening to the concerns witnesses have, empathising with them, and advocating where appropriate. • Helping witnesses prepare themselves for a range of possible trial outcomes. • Going into the courtroom with a witness when it’s allowed. • Ensuring that witnesses continue to get our assistance after court if they need it. • Working as part of a team with other Witness Service volunteers and staff as well as liaising with court personnel.