Supporting a vulnerable witness to give evidence

Rachel was instructed by a Local Authority in a matter concerning an application for a housing-related Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction.

The Local Authority’s key witness was extremely nervous about giving evidence and anxious about the court process. Rachel went to lengths to reassure the witness, put them at ease and explain the court process.

Despite still feeling vulnerable due to the background of the case, having spoken to Rachel the witness felt more confident and more comfortable about the prospect of giving evidence.

In court the witness was able to give clear evidence and the Judge commented on the persuasiveness of that that evidence. The Judge rejected the Defendant’s account of events and found that he had acted in an anti-social manner.