Witness Service Volunteer

Witness Service (Citizens Advice Sussex), Adur and Worthing

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Giving evidence as a witness can be daunting and the court process can be complicated and difficult to understand. The Citizens Advice Witness Service provides free and independent support for both prosecution and defence witnesses in Worthing and Horsham Magistrates Court.

Our trained volunteers provide practical information about the court process as well as emotional support to help witnesses feel more confident when giving evidence.

If you are interested in supporting witnesses at the court for a day or meeting them prior to the trial to prepare them, then we would like to hear from you.  We expect 2 days per month commitment (subject to DBS check and references).

Our volunteers:

  • provide information about the court process
  • show witnesses the courtroom ahead of the trial
  • be there to talk to in confidence
  • accompany witnesses when they give their evidence
  • be there to give support on the day of the trial; at verdict and sentencing
  • help prepare witnesses who need extra support

Skills

We’re looking for volunteers (over 18 years old) who have a friendly, mature and empathetic manner towards others. You need to have good listening and verbal communication skills. We’re also looking for people who are non-judgemental and impartial in supporting all people, and who have the confidence to support vulnerable people and people with specific needs.

Benefits

“Bringing out the best in yourself by helping someone through what may be the most difficult day in their life: the reward is greater than any payment.” 
Peter - Volunteer at Caernarfon

We provide: 3 full days training, expenses including lunch, regular supervision and team meetings, great team support.


Practical Considerations

We need volunteers who can commit to at least 2 full days per month (8.45am - 4pm).

This is a long term commitment due to the training involved and we ask volunteers to be able to commit to at least 18 months. This is not a suitable opportunity for somebody seeking full time employment.

Parking is provided at Horsham Court but not at Worthing - although parking expenses will be paid. Both courts are near to bus routes.

When do I need to be available?

Details Volunteers must be able to start at 8.45am to prepare witnesses to attend court at 10am.
Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Where does this role take place?

The Law Courts
Christchurch Road
Worthing
West Sussex
BN11 1JE

The Law Courts
Hurst Road
Horsham
RH12 2ET

Register your Interest

  • Details
  • Appropriate for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BME, Women only)
    18+
  • Disabled Access
    Needs to be discussed with individual due to modifications currently taking place.
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • Training