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'Evidence’ is the information produced at a hearing, and can be given by witnesses, on paper, or in another way such as by video
You will be shown into the hearing room and asked to stand while you swear on a holy book or confirm that you promise to tell the truth during your evidence. You will be given an oath or affirmation card to read from when you enter the room. You can sit down once you have done this. There will be a copy of your witness statement available for you to refer to if you need to. The presenting officer will ask you to confirm your name and will ask questions based on information in your statement. You may sometimes only be asked to confirm the information in your witness statement.
If you are vulnerable, for example you are under 17 years old or you have a physical or mental-health condition, we can ask the panel to make special arrangements for you when you give evidence. This could include you being able to give evidence in private or from behind screens.
If the registrant comes to the hearing, they can ask you questions (cross-examine you) about evidence you have just given. If the allegations are of a sexual nature and you are the alleged victim of the allegations, the registrant is not able to cross-examine you without your permission. The registrant may have a representative who will ask you questions on their behalf. Panel members may also ask questions about your evidence.
Take time to think about questions. If you do not know understand a question or know the answer, you should tell the panel. You should speak in a clear voice and direct your answers to the panel. Try to talk slowly when giving evidence so that people listening have an opportunity to note down what you say. Some questions may make you feel uncomfortable, but the registrant being investigated has the right to test evidence put before the panel.
After giving evidence
After giving evidence you are free to leave, or you can usually stay for the rest of the hearing. You should not talk to other witnesses who have not yet given evidence, as this could affect the case.
We can arrange your travel and accommodation for you before the hearing. We will send you details about how to claim any other costs, in line with our witness expense policy:
Witness expense policy
Understanding your experience as a witness helps us monitor and improve our services for future hearings. Please email any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
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