The end of the court case might feel like the end of your involvement in the criminal justice system, but there are other things that can happen:
- the defendant or the prosecutor might lodge an appeal
- you can request access to court documents related to the case
- the court may have made an order for the offender to pay you reparation
- you might be notified of certain events relating to the offender, like their release from prison or a secure health facility
- you might choose to make a submission to the New Zealand Parole Board if the offender is being considered for parole.
It's important to remember that the effects of the crime can last long after the court case ends. This is normal. You can continue to get help and support after the criminal justice process is finished.
You can watch this video for an explanation of some of the things that can happen after you've been to court.