Victims & Witnesses (WAS)

Victims of Crime: Rights and Responsibilities

Filed in Victims & Witnesses (WAS) by on July 8, 2015 • views: 0

As a Victim of Crime you have a broad range of Rights and Responsibilities under the South Australian Victims of Crime Act 2001. Your Rights as a Victim are enshrined in the Declaration of Principles Governing Treatment of Victims; Part 2, Division 2 of the VOC Act 2011. Please refer to the Act if you […]

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Court Companion Guidelines

Filed in Victims & Witnesses (WAS) by on May 28, 2015 • views: 0

Downloadable PDF version – Court Companion Guidelines – Friends & Family (PDF 0.4MB) What is a Court Companion? Who Can Be A Court Companion? What is your role as a Court Companion? Why are Court Companions required? Who is considered to be an appropriate Court Companion? Who is not considered an appropriate Court Companion? What Basic […]

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Adult Victims and Witnesses

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  Downloadable PDF version – Attending Trial – Adult Victims/Witnesses (PDF 0.3MB) Before the trial During the trial After the trial Other general tips For many people, attending a criminal trial is both an unfamiliar and stressful experience. For victims and witnesses required to give evidence at a trial, it is important that you prepare to […]

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Understanding Plea Negotiations

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Downloadable PDF Version – Understanding Plea Negotiations (PDF 0.4MB) What is meant by the term ‘plea negotiation’? Are plea negotiations a usual part of criminal proceedings? Why do plea negotiations occur in criminal matters? Are there specific rules or guidelines prosecutors must follow? Do plea negotiations always result in a defendant securing a lesser charge or […]

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‘Proofing’ Meetings

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Downloadable PDF Version – Attending A Proofing Fact Sheet (PDF 0.3MB) Why do we have ‘proofing’ meetings? Who will be in attendance at the ‘proofing’ meeting? Where will the ‘proofing’ meeting occur? What will happen at the ‘proofing’ meeting? Can a support person attend with me at the ‘proofing’ meeting? How many times will I have […]

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Dealing with the media

Filed in Victims & Witnesses (WAS) by on March 19, 2015 0 Comments • views: 0

Downloadable PDF Version – Dealing with the Media Fact Sheet (PDF 0.4MB) Who are the media? Will the media take an interest in my matter? When might the media approach me? Where might the media approach Me? What if I do not wish to speak with the media? What if I do wish to speak with […]

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Victim Impact Statements (VISs)

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Downloadable PDF Version – Victim Impact Statement Suggestions (PDF 0.3MB) This list of questions may assist you in writing your Victim Impact Statement (VIS). Please note that these are ideas and suggestions only to get you started. You do not need to write a response to all the questions listed below and you may want include […]

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Vulnerable Witness provisions (VWP’s)

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Downloadable PDF version – Vulnerable Witness Provisions Fact Sheet (PDF 0.4MB) Why are VWPs needed? Who is a vulnerable witness? What are VWP’s? How will VWP’s help me? When do VWP’s need to be decided? Are VWP’s automatic? Who will make the application? Who will assess my need for VWP’s? Who approves the VWP’s requested? Can […]

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Child victims/witnesses

Filed in Victims & Witnesses (WAS) by on March 19, 2015 0 Comments • views: 0

Downloadable PDF version – Attending Trial – Children victims/witnesses (PDF 0.2MB) Before the Trial During the Trial After the Trial Other general tips A Final Word For young children and adolescents, attending a criminal trial can be an unfamiliar and stressful experience. Children and adolescents may not fully understand the criminal justice system and can often […]

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Witness Assistance Service

Witness Assistance Service

Downloadable PDF Version – Witness Assistance Service Fact Sheet (PDF 0.2MB) What is the Witness Assistance Service (WAS)? Why the need for the WAS? Who does the WAS work with? What does the WAS do? How do you make a referral to the WAS? How can I contact the WAS? What is the Witness Assistance Service […]

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