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Being a witness: Helping people with learning disabilities who go to court: A guide for carers

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8. Where to get more information

Sources of Information or Support

small signpost imageThe Procurator Fiscal's office

The address should be on the citation sent by the Fiscal's office to the witness.

small signpost imageThe lawyer or Children's Reporter who cited the witness

Their contact details should be on the letter sent to the person asking them to be a witness.

small signpost imageScottish Court Service

For details of your local court try the business section of your local telephone directory under the heading Courts or search http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/locations/index.asp

small signpost imageVictim Information and Advice ( VIA)

http://www.crownoffice.gov.uk/Victims/VIA/via-services/Overview

VIA can offer information and advice about the criminal justice system to some victims and witnesses. Only the Procurator Fiscal can refer people to this service.

small signpost imageVictim Support Scotland

15/23 Hardwell Close Edinburgh EH8 9RX
Tel: 0131 668 4486
Victim Support Scotland Helpline
Tel: 0845 6039213 [lo-call rate]
Mon-Thurs 9am - 4.30pm;
Fri 9am - 4pm.
email: info@victimsupportsco.demon.co.uk
http://www.victimsupportsco.demon.uk

Victim Support Scotland supports victims in criminal cases and runs the Witness Service in Scotland

small signpost imageCriminal Injuries Compensation Authority ( CICA)
Tay House, 300 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4LN
Tel: 0141 331 2726
http://www.cica.gov.uk
CICA can pay compensation to people who are victims of violent crime.

small signpost imageFamilies Outside
19a Albany Street Edinburgh EH1 3QN
Scottish Prisoner's Families Helpline
Freephone: 0500 83 93 83
Mon-Fri 1pm - 5pm
email: spfh@familiesoutside.org.uk
http://www.familiesoutside.org.uk
Families Outside supports families affected by imprisonment.

ENABLE Scotland
6th Floor 7 Buchanan Street Glasgow G1 3HL
Tel: 0141 226 4541
Enquiry line open Mon-Fri 1pm - 4pm
email: info@enable.org.uk
http://www.enable.org.uk
ENABLE Scotland Information Service provides information on learning disability issues, particularly rights and services.

Publications

small signpost imageBeing a witness: a guide for child and adult vulnerable witnesses

A CD Rom that includes useful information about going to court, video clips of witnesses giving evidence in court and using special measures, as well as a virtual tour of a courtroom. This is also available in DVD format.
Published by: The Scottish Executive
Available from: tel: 0131 244 2213

small signpost imageBeing a witness - going to court

A booklet for adult witnesses in criminal and children's hearing court proceedings.
Published by: The Scottish Executive
Available from: tel: 0131 244 2213
Download at:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/criminal/17416/InformationMaterials

small signpost imageBeing a witness - the use of special measures

A booklet for adult witnesses in criminal and children's hearing court proceedings.
Published by: The Scottish Executive
Available from: tel: 0131 244 2213
Download at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/criminal/17416/InformationMaterials

small signpost imageWhat happens next?

A DVD resource for people with learning disabilities
Published by: Lanarkshire ACE, Speak Out Advocacy Project
Available from: tel: 01355 230202

small signpost imageNational Standards for Victims of Crime

Information leaflet
Published by: The Scottish Executive
Available from: tel: 0131 244 2213
Download at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2005/02/20746/53358

small signpost imageVictims of Crime in Scotland

A Scottish Executive website with information for victims
http://www.scottishvictimsofcrime.co.uk

small signpost imageI am a witness in court - a guide for people with learning disabilities

An easy-read booklet
Published by: The Scottish Executive
Available from: tel: 0131 244 2213
Download at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/criminal/17416/InformationMaterials

Further copies of this document are available, on request, in audio, large print format and in community languages. Please contact 0131 244 2213.

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