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Justice Journey court preparation guide - Supporting victims and witnesses of crime through the court process (PDF 1433Kb)(64pp A4 booklet)
This guide is designed for victims support groups to support the use of the Justice Journey Information about going to court information sheet series below. It contains additional information that will help workers explain concepts or court processes; issues the worker should be aware of that may impact on the client; suggested court preparation plans; and references for additional resources and support. It is intended that the support person give a copy of the relevant information sheet/s to the client, and then walk through it with them using the information in the guide to assist in explaining the relevant processes to the client. Each section corresponds to an information sheet, which is identified at the beginning of the section.
NOTE: The guide and information sheets (see below) can be used as a stand-alone resource or alongside the DVD Justice Journey – Information for victims of crime about going to court in NSW.
Assists victims making a victim impact statement in the local, district or supreme court. Topics covered include:
What is a victim impact statement
Who can prepare a victim impact statement
When should a victim impact statement be prepared
What information should be in a victim impact statement
Where to obtain help in preparing a victim impact statement
Sentencing Information Package (PDF 288KB)(20pp A4 booklet)
Jointly produced by the Victims Service, Criminal Law Review and the NSW Sentencing Council to assist victims of crime in understanding the sentencing process.
Note: This document is currently being updated to reflect
changes to the criminal justice system that were approved by NSW Parliament in
Oct 2017 and are taking effect from late 2017 through 2018. For more information about these changes and
how they affect victims go to: www.justice.nsw.gov.au/reforms
What to expect at court (PDF, 458Kb)
The courtroom: Local Court(PDF, 1009Kb)
The courtroom: District and Supreme Courts(PDF, 1198Kb)
The CCTV room(PDF, 773Kb)
Court processes: Local Court Hearings(PDF, 441Kb)
Court processes: District and Supreme Court Trials(PDF, 442Kb)
Giving evidence(PDF, 455Kb)
Taking care of yourself(PDF, 445Kb)