Frequently asked questions

This is a short list of our most frequently asked questions. For further information please contact us, through our contact details or through the contact us form provided, here.

What is the role of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions?
What is the role of police in prosecutions?
Does the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions act as the legal representative for a victim of a crime?
As a victim of crime do I have to pay for the lawyer involved in my case?
What is the difference between a solicitor and a prosecutor?
Is the same Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions lawyer involved with a case from start to finish?
What is the Witness Assistance Service?
I don't know anything about the criminal justice system. What are the basic steps in a criminal prosecution?
Are there any exceptions to this process?
How long does the process take?
As a victim of a crime what are my rights?
What can I do if I feel my rights have not been observed?
What does the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions take into account when deciding whether to continue a prosecution?
Will I be able to meet the prosecutor before I have to give evidence?
Are witnesses required to give evidence in committal proceedings?
Are victims of a crime kept informed of the prosecution process?
Do all cases have to go to trial?
What input does a victim of crime have to the court's sentencing process?
Can victims of crime be informed of the final outcome of the court case?
What is involved in an appeal?
Who do I talk to about travel arrangements to attend court to give evidence?
Am I reimbursed for lost wages when I am required to give evidence in court?
Are child care facilities available while I am giving evidence for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions?
What should I do if I feel frightened about giving evidence or if I am concerned for my safety at court?
Is there anything available to make it easier for me to give evidence in court?
How do I find out who is handling a case in which I am a victim or witness?
What if English is not my first language?
Is there any support available to victims and/or witnesses?
What is a Victim Impact Statement?
Will I be eligible for Criminal Injuries Compensation?