What's It Like Going to Court?
Hi! My name is Chris and I'm 8 years old.
When I was 7, a man did something bad to me. I had to go to Court and tell what happened. I had to go to the Courthouse and answer questions at a Jury Trial.
At first I was really scared, but then a lady from the Victim Assistance office and my lawyer talked to me. They told me what happens at a Jury Trial.
They said that the trial would be in a big room called a Courtroom. A person called a Judge is in charge of the Courtroom. The Judge's job is to see that the trial is fair. The Judge makes sure everyone follows the rules of the Courtroom.
During the trial everyone who knows something about what happened comes into the Courtroom and tells what they saw or heard. These people are called witnesses. Witnesses must tell the truth. They told me I would be a witness and I would have to go to Court and tell what happened too.
A jury is a group of 12 people who listen to all of the witnesses and then decide what the facts have proved.
The lady from Victim Assistance told me that when I go to Court I must try to speak loud and clear so that everyone can hear me, and I must tell the truth. She said that it was OK to feel scared. She said that she would be in the Courtroom while I was answering the questions.
The day came when I had to go to Court. I got up early and put on my best outfit. I went to the Courthouse, answered all the questions, and told the truth. I
was a little scared, but guess what! All that I did was tell the truth about what I knew. It wasn't that bad going to Court.