Your Role as a Victim or Witness

If you are a victim of a crime, or a witness to one, your assistance and cooperation are essential to achieve successful prosecution of criminals. 

  • Be sure that the State's Attorney's Office knows what your expectations and concerns are regarding the case.
  • Advise the Victim Witness Division if there are any unusual problems that make it difficult for you to appear in court.
  • Cooperate with police, prosecutors and the Victim Coordinator. They will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome. 
  • Testify honestly and completely.
  • The defendant's attorney may attempt to talk to you. You have the right to decide whether or not you want to discuss the case with him or her.
  • Be sure that we have your daytime telephone number or a number where someone can give you a message.
  • Notify the Victim Witness Division immediately if you change your address or telephone number. 

Suggestions for Court 

  • Have a neat appearance; no shorts or tee-shirts.
  • Before giving testimony, try to recall information accurately in your mind.
  • Stop talking immediately if the judge interrupts you or if an attorney makes an objection.
  • Speak loudly and clearly so that you may be heard and understood.
  • Listen to the questions asked of you. Do not give additional information.
  • Do not give opinions unless asked.
  • Do not argue with the defense attorney. Improper questions will be challenged by the State's Attorney.
  • Treat both lawyers with respect. Leave the stand with confidence that you've presented the truth to the best of your ability.

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