At the end of the trial usually everyone is tired and so the defence lawyer may forget to thank you for coming to testify. Please let us thank you now. More importantly than helping out a friend, or a family member, you, as a witness, have played an important role in the justice system. Your evidence will have helped the judge see another aspect of the case that he or she would not otherwise have seen. You can be proud that you have also performed a service to the public. When you testify, you help protect the integrity of the criminal justice system.