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Yes. Most courts will have a Witness Service and if you telephone them in advance of the case they will arrange for you to look at a courtroom. It probably will not be exactly the same courtroom that you will have to give evidence in, but they are all very similar.

Visiting the court beforehand does help some people feel less intimidated about giving evidence. The unknown can be a lot more scary. Knowing where everyone sits in the court room and who they all are will help put you at ease.

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

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