Except in cases which involve charges of sexual assault or domestic violence, if the defendant/accused does not have a lawyer, they will be the person asking you questions about what happened.
This can be an intimidating experience for a victim of crime or a witness to a crime.
The Judge or Magistrate will explain the law and procedures to the defendant/accused but they will not help them to run their case.
If the person asks questions that are insulting or irrelevant, the prosecutor can object. The Judge or Magistrate ensures that the defendant/accused behaves in an appropriate manner.
In sexual assault or domestic violence cases, for victims and some other witnesses the court will appoint another person to ask the questions for the defendant/accused, and you will not be questioned directly by the defendant/accused.
Support throughout the court process for complainants (victims) is available through Victims Support ACT on 1800 8222 72 and the Director of Public Prosecutions on 6207 5399. Please contact these organisations for further information about the support available.