The trial. Te whakawātanga.

Usually, the trial will be held in the District Court and will be held in front of a jury
Twelve people from the community who decide if the person is guilty or not guilty.
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. The trial may take several days, or longer depending on how complicated it is, including the number of witnesses.

There are a number of videos here to introduce you to the courtroom, the people you'll meet and what it's like to give evidence
Answering questions about what happened to you.
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It was very formal. I wasn't expecting it to be so formal.

- Anonymous victim-survivor


What to bring


Arriving at court


Giving evidence


The verdict


The people in court

Sexual Violence Victim Advisor

The police officer in charge

Your in-court support person

The prosecuting lawyer

The defence lawyer

The Judge

The jury

The defendant

The Court Registrar and Court Attendant

Continue to After the Trial.

I thought it was us against him but it's not. It's the Crown against him.

- Anonymous victim-survivor

MYTH: She said it happened years ago but if it really happened she would have said something earlier...

FACT: Victim-survivors react in different ways. They may not immediately report for lots of reasons like they're scared, embarrassed, in denial, or if they know the offender, may not want to get them into trouble

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