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Victims Who Are Not Witnesses

If you are a victim or a friend or family member of a victim and not called to testify, you do not have a formal role at court appearances.

Although it probably will be impossible to inform you of every detail of the court proceeding, your Victim Service Worker will do his or her best to answer any questions you may have.

If you feel you have suffered mental or physical injury, emotional trauma or significant economic loss because of the crime, you may be eligible to submit a Victim Impact Statement to the court at the time of sentencing if the accused has been found guilty. Again, your Victim Service Worker will be able to help you with this.

Since you are not providing witness testimony, you can watch the trial as much or as little as you want. However, you should know that the courthouse is a public place and seats are not specifically reserved for victims or the family and friends of victims.

Be aware that you are likely to see the friends and family members of the accused in the courtroom and throughout the courthouse, including the washrooms. If you are threatened by anyone in the courthouse in any manner, tell Crown counsel, the sheriff, or a police officer immediately.

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