The Victim Services Unit of the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office was founded in 1984 to act as a liaison between the criminal justice system, victims, and witnesses of crimes.
What responsibilities do I have as a witness?
Being called to testify as a witness in a criminal case is a very big responsibility. A witness who testifies in a criminal case plays an important role within the criminal justice system by assisting authorities in holding offenders accountable for the crimes they perpetrate against innocent victims. The police, state's attorneys and judges could not make informed decisions without the cooperation of witnesses.
Will the defendant be present when I testify?
The defendant has the right to be present in court to hear all testimony.
Who will be with me when I testify?
The Victim Services Unit can provide an advocate to be with you when you testify. If you feel you may require an advocate present with you please call the Victim Services Unit at 630-407-8008 or 630-407-8011.
You may also bring friends or relatives with you to court, and they may be able to sit in the courtroom while you testify, unless they are also witnesses. Witnesses testify one at a time and generally wait outside the courtroom for their turn.
How long will I be in court?
Your court room time, while actually testifying, may not take long; it depends upon many factors. Unfortunately, most of the time you will just be waiting for your turn to testify. You and your family or friends are encouraged to bring a book or magazine to read while you wait.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Victim Services Unit at 630-407-8008 or 630-407-8011.