Your Rights - Information for Crime Witnesses
As a witness to crime you have certain legal rights. This section provides information to assist you with understanding your rights as a witness. It also guides you to other information and resources to help you access and learn more about your legal rights.
Your Rights as a Witness to a Crime
As a witness to a crime, your rights include:
- Information about the criminal justice process:
- A court interpreter, if you do not speak or understand the language used during a trial
- Not to have the evidence you give used against you in other trials unless you have committed perjury or given inconsistent evidence
You also have rights as a witness under the Victims of Crime Act, Section 14, which states:
"An employer must not discharge, suspend, intimidate, coerce, impose any financial or other penalty on or otherwise discriminate against an employee because that person is absent from work:
(a) to appear in court as a witness in a proceeding respecting an offence, or
(b) to attend at a meeting with justice system personnel at the request of those personnel to assist in an investigation or preparation for the prosecution of an offence."
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
You can also find others who can help you, as well as legal information and resources available to you, by visiting Legal Assistance.