Anti-social behaviour

Acting as a witness in an anti-social behaviour case

If you are a witness we will:

  • If we need to give you incident diary sheets to fill in we will explain why they are needed, how to fill them in, and how often we will contact you to collect them. If it is easier for you to use audio or video recording we will try to make this available,
  • In cases of domestic noise nuisance, we will let you know how to contact the out of hours noise monitoring service,
  • Involve you in how your case is managed and how the information and evidence you give us is used,
  • Let you know when information you have provided may need to be shared and why - we will always consult with you before we share your evidence,
  • Put you in contact with a witness support group where these are available,
  • Use professional in addition to hearsay evidence or anonymised statements where appropriate and when the court will allow,
  • Include warnings about witness intimidation in correspondence with alleged perpetrators,
  • Discuss with the Police the use of reassurance measures and increased patrols in your neighbourhood or community in accordance with the Policing Pledge,
  • Cases rarely go to court, however, if it does, we will give you advice on what to expect, who will be there, and what is expected of you,
  • If you want to, we will show you the court and introduce you to the staff on a day before the case is heard; we will let the court know if you have any special medical or disability needs,
  • We will provide transport and go with you to court, and ensure you feel safe and comfortable while at court,
  • We will arrange for you to bring someone with you to support you at court and for you to meet our legal advisers before and at court so that you can get to know them,
  • In the unlikely event it is necessary we will use witness intimidation legislation to protect you,
  • Where available and appropriate, we will make an application to the court to use special measures for witnesses during court proceedings,
  • We will let you know what happens at court and what it will mean for you as soon as we possibly can,
  • We will continue to keep you informed, ask about your needs and assess your situation after court until the matter is completely resolved and we agree with you that the case can be closed, 
  • When we agree with you it is the right time to close your case, we will arrange for a satisfaction survey that will help us to keep improving the services we provide