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Post-Trial Support

After a trial, witnesses and victims have no further obligation to the court. You have done your part to make the Canadian justice system work.

If the accused in the case is found not guilty, he or she will be released, in custody and if on bail, the bail conditions no longer apply. If the accused in the case is found guilty, he or she will be sentenced. If sentenced to jail, there may be probation after release from jail, as well as parole terms.

A trial can be an exhausting and stressful experience for victims and witnesses in cases involving a serious crime. Your Victim Service Worker can help you find any emotional and social support you may need following the trial and for future proceedings such as parole board hearings. He or she will also be able to give you information on important dates like future court dates or parole hearings.

It is recommended that children who have been victims and/or witnesses in a criminal trial be provided with counselling to help them talk about and resolve their feelings in a safe environment. Parents or caregivers of the child may also want to consider going for counselling or joining a support group. The Victim Service Worker is not a counsellor but he or she can help you with a referral.

Try to establish a normal routine as soon as possible following a trial. Take care of yourself and ask for help when you need it.

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