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Yes you can. Witness Care Units have been set up nationally. Each unit will have witness liaison officers who will keep witnesses informed of how the case is progressing.

It may a few weeks before the defendant is sentenced (if found/pleaded guilty) because often the Probation Service (and other bodies) are required to do a pre-sentence report which gives the court some advice on the sentencing.

For more information please see the websites in related information. There is a link to the 'Help for Victims' website and a Youtube guide to the website.

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