AN INITIATIVE to bring down the number of cases that stall because of witnesses refusing to testify has been launched in Cheshire.
The courts service has developed an interactive, multilingual and animated DVD to help witnesses and victims understand their crucial role.
The DVD Going to Court: A step by step guide to being a witness is an easy-to-follow animation seen through the eyes of a witness.
It explains why victims and witnesses are so important in the court process and what they will do while at court. It has separate routes for prosecution and defence witnesses to follow at their own pace and witnesses can also tour a magistrates, Crown, and youth court. There is a frequently asked questions section at the end.