If you are a victim of a crime and an offender has been charged for committing this offence, this matter will be dealt with by the Canadian Criminal Justice System. This system can at times seem both complicated and confusing. With information and support however, this does not need to be the case.
As a victim of a crime, you do have rights and entitlements. To learn more about what you can expect from the criminal justice system, please review Alberta's Victims of Crime Protocol.
If you are a witness to a crime you may be called to testify in court regarding this matter. Information attached below will help you prepare yourself to be a witness. When in court it can also common to hear terms that you may not be familiar with. To learn more about specific court terms, please refer to the attachment below.
If you are a witness you may also incur some expenses when attending court. To help with these costs, you are eligible to make a claim to the courts for some of these expenses e.g. travel costs, meals and accommodation.
If you are traveling from out of town and are required to attend court as a Crown witness in Canmore, the Calgary Crown Prosecutor’s office can assist you with all your travel and accommodation needs. These arrangements should be made once you have received your subpoena (advising when and where you are to testify) and prior to your court appearance. Staff at this office can be reached at (403) 297-8477 or 1-866-864-0015.
If you would like support and assistance while your matter is before the courts, please contact Bow Valley Victim Services or phone 403 760-0197. We can update you regularly as to the status of you matter before the court, can attend court with you and can also provide you with additional information regarding the Canadian Criminal Justice system.
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