This web page is part of the Guide to the Icelandic justice system for victims of sexual offences. It aims to clarify the process regarding offences against individuals 18 years and older.
Your legal rights protector prepares you for giving a statement and what to expect. It’s also recommended to have your legal rights protector with you when you go in to give the statement. If you have yet to find a legal rights protector, you can get a list of them from the police or survivor support centres.
- The interview is recorded in both audio and video format.
- The people present in the room are you, the police investigator, and your legal rights protector. If you need an interpreter, they are also present.
- If you realize later that not everything came up in the interview you can contact the investigator or your legal rights protector and ask to add information to your statement. Then the investigator might call you in again so that the additional information is also recorded.
- Giving a statement does not have to automatically entail pressing charges. You can decide after you give a statement whether you want the case to be pursued or not. The interview often ends with the victim being asked directly whether they want to press charges so that it is clear.
The interview takes place in an interview room at a police station.
How long does it take to give a statement?
It usually takes around an hour to give a statement. Sometimes it takes longer, so it is good to allow for that.