Court Witnesses

Court Witnesses

As a court witness, you have the right:

  • To be asked only those questions that are relevant to a court case.

  • To attend all proceedings that are not closed to you as a witness or to the public.

  • To a translator in court if you do not speak English.

  • To any court records that are public.

  • To have your own attorney present during the proceedings. If you are a minor, you have the right to testify in closed chambers or to have your parents excused from the courtroom during your testimony.

  • To be informed of the parole date and release from jail if your assailant is found guilty and sent to prison.

  • To have someone with you (a friend, relative, rape crisis counselor, etc.) at police and court proceedings.

  • To not be asked questions about prior sexual experience with anyone other than the defendant.

  • To sue the suspect in civil proceedings.


Contact us

Safe Place Sexual Assault Center
PO Box 235
Batesville, Indiana 47006
812-932-SAFE (7233)

This project is supported in part (or in whole) by grant, 03215VAGX006403 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Views contained herein are those of the author and do not represent the position of USDOJ or ICJI.

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