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Why should trials be an ordeal for victims?

Vulnerable victims & witnesses will no longer have to appear in court under new plans to roll out pre-trial evidence sessions.  The cross-examinations will be recorded & played during the trial - sparing both victims & witnesses the stress of re-living traumatic events in open court

The move follows 3 successful pilots which showed that victims felt less pressure with pre-trial evidence giving and witnesses were better able to recall events.

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MoJ:  Courts reform gives stronger protection for victims & witnesses

Transforming our justice system

Transforming our courts and tribunals: consultation

Citizens Advice response to government’s “Transforming Our Justice System” plans

The Justice Systems is Close to Breaking Point

Support for vulnerable witnesses

Victims & witnesses need clear communication, says Citizens Advice

CAB:  Consistent, high quality support “from start to finish” needed for victims & witnesses

New national service to help victims

New measures to support victims & witnesses

Courtroom communications experts to double

Child sexual abuse witnesses & victims let down by justice system

£24m grant to support witnesses at court

Two new rape support centres to help victims recover

£12m boost to local victims’ services

First victims spared harrowing court room under pre-recorded evidence pilot

Criminals paying more than ever to help victims