Under the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, victims of crime who are required to testify in court can request testimonial aids to make it easier for them to give a full and fair account of what happened.
If the judge approves, the victim may testify behind a screen set up around the witness box in the courtroom, or by video from another room in the courthouse or another building, or may have a support person present in the courtroom.
Because it may take some time to make these arrangements, you should make a request for testimonial aids as soon as possible after you receive notice that you will be asked to testify in court.
Asking for testimonial aids
The easiest way to request a testimonial aid is to ask your Victim Services Worker, Crown Witness Coordinator, or Crown prosecutor to make the request in court on your behalf. If that is not an option, you can fill out this form and return it to the court registry using the contact information provided on the form.
If a judge approves the presence of a support person, Court Services staff will provide the contact information for that person to the Crown Witness Coordinator's office so staff there can make appropriate arrangements. If a judge approves the use of a different type of testimonial aid, Court Services staff will work with the Crown prosecutor or Crown Witness Coordinator to ensure the courtroom and/or video equipment is set up properly before you testify, and can go over how to use any video equipment with you so you know what to expect.
Supervisor, Court Clerks
Law Courts Building
2134 Second Ave
Phone: (867) 667-3429
Toll free: 1-800-661-0408 ext 3429
Fax: (867) 393-6212