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What happens after the trial if you're a witness

This advice applies to Wales

You might want to leave court after giving evidence. But the trial will carry on and you can sit in the courtroom to listen to the rest or come back to see the verdict.

You might also find it helpful to talk about the experience with a Witness Service volunteer before you leave the court.

If you want to find out the result of the trial

If you were a witness for the prosecution, the Witness Care Unit (or the police) will let you know the outcome of the trial.

If the defendant was sentenced, they’ll explain what this means or refer you to another organisation if you have further questions.

If you were a witness for the defence, you can contact the court or the defence lawyer who will let you know the outcome.

Find out more about sentencing.

If you’re worried about being intimidated because you appeared as a witness

Tell the police straight away. You can also ask the Witness Service to put you in touch with organisations for more help and support.

What to do if you’re worried about being intimidated.

What happens if there’s an appeal

If there’s an appeal against the sentence or conviction, it's very unlikely you'll have to be a witness again.

If you do have to go back to court, a Witness Service volunteer can help you again. The person who asks you to be a witness can put you in touch or you can contact the Witness Service directly.