Special measures are options for vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to help them give their best evidence when at court.
The special measures are tailored to the needs of the witness.
They can include:
- giving evidence in court from behind a screen
- giving evidence from outside the courtroom via live video link, in some cases this could be from a different building or town
- recording your interview with the Police. Your visually recorded interview (VRI) will be played in the court
- the removal of wigs and gowns by judges and lawyers for child witnesses.
- the assistance of a Registered Intermediary to help you to understand the questions you are being asked, either during a Police interview or in court, and to give your answers accurately. Intermediaries are communication specialists who can help victims and witnesses who have difficulty communicating; they are not interpreters.
- giving evidence in private by having the public gallery cleared.