I’m going to court soon

Going to court can be a confusing or frightening experience. It doesn't matter whether you are a defendant, a victim, a witness or if you are there to support someone else, our Support Workers are here to help.

Below are answers to common questions. If you do not see the answer to your question below, please contact us.

Where is the court?
The address for Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court is The Tyrls, Bradford, BD1 1LA

The address for the Crown Court is Bradford Combined Courts Centre, Exchange Square, Drake Street, Bradford BD1 1JA

What support can I receive from a Support Worker?
A Support Worker will be able to provide any of the following services free of charge to anyone visiting court:

A friendly listening ear
You may have to wait a long time for your court hearing. So, this is a perfect opportunity to share any struggles you may be having with someone that cares and won’t judge you. Nothing you tell us will be passed on to anyone without your consent, unless it directly affects the safety of others.

Practical help
Support workers can help with non-legal advice, directions, behaviour in court, court terminology and filling in forms. We can even sit in court with you as a friendly face if you feel this may help.

Referrals to others that can help
We can help identify the best solution for any issue you may be struggling with.

We provide speedy links to local specialist support agencies for:

Abuse; Alcohol; Benefits; Befriending; Bereavement; Disability; Clothing; Debt; Domestic Violence; Drugs; Education; Employment; Family; Food; Health; Housing; Loneliness; Parenting; Shelter; Victim Support; Youth Services

We can help you make a first appointment or make one for you with your consent.

Support Workers cannot provide child care whilst you are in court, speak on your behalf in court, give you money or meet with you outside the court.

How can I speak to a support worker?
If you need to speak to one of our team:
  • Look out for Support Workers on the Concourse in both courts
  • Drop into the Chaplaincy Office (situated on the ground floor of the Magistrates Court, in the corridor to the left of the main stair case) or to the Chaplaincy Service desk (situated between Court 6 and 7 on the 1st Floor of the Crown Court)
  • Ask at Reception or ask an Usher
  • There is no need to make an appointment, but you can do by contacting us
Who are support workers?
There are two part-time employed Chaplains and over thirty volunteer support workers. All support workers have received comprehensive training in pastoral skills, court protocol and agency awareness.

Can I bring children to court?
Courts are not a suitable environment into which to bring children.

There are NO crèche or play area facilities.

People attending court may be feeling distressed and anxious and, at times, may display feelings of aggression.

Waiting in a strange environment can be boring or distressing for young children.
  • You will have been given a time at which you should attend court but there is NO guarantee that your case will be heard promptly.
  • Many things may happen which cause your case to be delayed.
  • It is possible that you may have to wait for some time for your case to be heard.
  • You should always arrive at the time you have been given.
  • If you usually collect children from school or nursery, you should make every effort to make alternative arrangements for their collection.
We cannot arrange for anyone to care for your child or children whilst your case is heard.
  • If you do bring your child or children to court and you have no-one with you to look after them, your case may have to be put off to another day.
  • You should do everything you can to make sure that there is someone who can look after your child at home, while you are at court.
  • If your child care arrangements break down at the last minute and you are unable to attend court please ring (01274) 390111 for the Magistrate’s Court or (01274) 843570 for the Crown Court and ask for the listings section.
  • Sometimes people bring a relative or friend along to support them and they may have children with them. Although children may come into the building, they will not be allowed to go into the court room.
  • If your relative or friend has no option but to bring children with them, they will not be able to be with you in court, as they will need to stay outside of the court room to look after their child whilst you are in court.
  • Waiting in a strange environment can be very boring for young children. It helps if they have a favourite toy (something soft and quiet) or a book to keep them occupied.