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Can I give evidence anonymously?

We can take anonymous evidence to court if witnesses can’t attend or don’t want to attend. The law calls this type of evidence ‘hearsay’ evidence. The problem with hearsay evidence is that the judge can't ask any questions to find out more information. It's completely up to the judge to decide how much weight to give to hearsay evidence.

This means that if you give your evidence anonymously, it could be ignored. This can be very frustrating for us because we want to do all we can to get the best result for people who are suffering from antisocial behaviour.

Another problem with hearsay evidence is that we may have to leave out some important information because it might make it obvious who gave the evidence to us.


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