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No, you do not need to bring anything to court other than yourself. The officer in the case or CPS should have a copy of your statement (if you made one) from which you can refresh your memory.

When you arrive at court on the day, go and find the Witness service and/or Victim Support and they may be able to put your mind at rest as for many people giving evidence can be a very scary prospect.

For more information please see the websites in related information. There is also a link to the 'Help for Victims' website and a Youtube video guide to the website.

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