I am a witness to a crime. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) wants me to attend a pre-trial interview; can I claim expenses for travel costs?
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) may decide to conduct a pre-trial interview with a witness. Pre-trial interviews are used to assess the reliability of their evidence or to better understand complex evidence. Such interviews can enable CPS to reach a better informed decision about the case. You do not have to attend a pre-trial interview with CPS; your attendance is voluntary.
You will be reimbursed for any expense reasonably incurred in attending a pre-trial interview. This may include the expenses of a supporter.
A Code of Practice has been created to support the process for pre-trial interviews. A copy of this Code of Practice can be viewed via the CPS website in related links.