Providing free confidential, practical and emotional support and information to anyone affected by crime.

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Are you a witness and being threatened?

It’s illegal for anyone to threaten or intimidate a witness. Contact the police as soon as possible.

What we do

The Witness Service is there to help people through the judicial process by providing, free, independent and confidential help together with practical and emotional support. The service is court based and in Ayrshire the service operates from Ayr and Kilmarnock Sheriff courts.

Who we support?

Our service is available to all witnesses, including both prosecution and defence regardless of age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability or social class. We will support victims and witnesses who attend court, victims and witnesses who are not called to attend court and families and friends of victims and witnesses.

What do we offer?

Our service offers practical help, information on court procedures, emotional support and someone to talk to or someone to listen to your concerns, in an understanding, professional and confidential manner. But we cannot discuss any evidence in a case.

We also offer pre-court or court familiarisation visits, when by arrangement, you can attend and see the court and courtroom before you give evidence.

Our service is available before and after you give evidence and in certain cases can be available to you while you give evidence. We can also provide help and guidance regarding further support from other agencies and put you in touch with appropriate people who can answer specific questions about your own case.

What we can not provide?

We can not provide transport to and from the court or provide a child care service for children under 16 years.

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