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Support to Victim and Witnesses

Documents published on this site before 12 April 2010 are designated as “pre-devolution”. Some are of an historical nature and will remain unchanged as they are provided solely for reference.

Information leaflets about how to use Courts and Tribunals services which still carry our old title and logo are in the process of being renamed and re-branded. We would wish to make clear that the material they contain is still valid. We thank you for your co-operation during this updating process.

The Victim Support Northern Ireland (VSNI), the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service recognise that each has a role to play in supporting witnesses who come to court. The three agencies have been working in partnership for some time to support victims and witnesses in Northern Ireland.

The following protocol defines the nature and scope of the partnership arrangement and addresses the practical aspects of the working relationships. 

Please use this link to view the Partnership Protocol (PDF)

Please use this link to view our guidelines Attending as a Witness in a Criminal Court

Victims and Witness Policy (PDF) 

Customer Service Standards - Booklet for Key Users

Special Measures at Court for Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses (link to external PDF)

Making a difference to victims and witnesses of crime (PDF)

A new 5 year strategy to improve criminal justice services to victims and witnesses of crime in Northern Ireland

Strategic Action Plan 2013 - 2015 (External link)

Information for victims of crime leaflet (PDF)


The Information for victims of crime leaflet is available in:

 English (PDF), Cantonese (PDF), Latvian (PDF), Lithuanian (PDF), Polish (PDF), Portuguese (PDF), Slovakian (PDF).


Further information for victims and witnesses can be found on the nidirect site: