Good evening and a very warm welcome to the inaugural National Awards Celebrating Services for Witnesses.
May I first of all express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Pro-Vice Chancellor and the Dean of Nottingham Law School for their generosity in hosting us at here at Nottingham Trent University.
This is a unique event. It is the first time that national awards have been given in this country to honour those who help and support victims and witnesses in our courts; and from my researches, this would appear to be the first time that such a national award ceremony has taken place in any jurisdiction anywhere. So this may be a world first.