If you are a witness:
- If you receive a subpoena to appear in court, you are required by law to attend. Your cooperation is very important to the prosecution.
- If you are unavailable to testify, the person accused of a crime may go unpunished and continue to commit crimes.
- Complete cooperation and truthful testimony are essential to the determination of whether a person is guilty of a crime.
The mission of the Macon Judicial Circuit’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program is to provide compassionate assistance to victims and witnesses of crime. Our staff of victim advocates provides quality services at no cost, including:
- Advocacy and support with any problems that arise as a result of a crime or a court appearance
- An advocate to accompany victims to court and to provide emotional support
- An orientation to the courtroom setting
- Assistance completing a victim impact statement
- Assistance if a victim or witness is intimidated, harassed, or afraid
- Help recovering stolen items held as evidence
- Information about the status of the case and notices of court proceedings
- Information and explanation about criminal justice proceedings
- Intervention to help explain to employers why a victim or witness was absent from work due to a required court appearance
- Private waiting area prior to court appearances
- Referrals to social service agencies, counselors, and others who can assist victims
- Support for family members and friends of murder victims
If you are coming to court:
- Arrive a few minutes early to ensure you have time to park and clear security. Free parking is available at the Crawford and Peach county courthouses. In Bibb County, parking decks and metered street parking are located adjacent to the courthouse. Parking assistance is available upon request.
- Dress in layers, as courtrooms can be cold. Please be mindful of the courtroom dress code which prohibits ripped jeans, shorts, bedroom shoes, visible cleavage, head wraps, and hats.
- Prepare to turn off your cell phone while court is in session.
- Children (excluding child witnesses) are not allowed in the courtroom. Childcare is not available.
If you are a crime victim in need of help, call one of our offices to speak with a victim advocate.
For Macon-Bibb cases, call (478) 621-6427. For Crawford and Peach County cases, call (478) 825-8454.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program does not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information. If you believe you have been the target of discrimination, you have the right to file a civil rights complaint. Information on how to file a civil rights complaint can be found on the Office of Justice Programs website, http://www.ojp.gov/about/ocr/complaint.htm
Victims Compensation Program
Our office staffs an advocate who acts as a liaison with the Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program which assists victims in recovering crime-related expenses that are paid out-of-pocket. Compensation may be available to assist with medical and dental bills, counseling expenses, funeral expenses, professional crime scene cleanup, or lost wages. For assistance, call our office at (478) 621-6427.