Information for Witnesses

Who is a witness?

In the judicial system, being a witness means giving a testimonial on what one has seen, heard and knows to be true to the court. Anyone who receives an order from the court to come as a witness has the responsibility to show up at the set date and time to give a testimonial either verbally or by providing documentation.

How do I know if I am a witness?

You are a witness when you receive a summon of the court. Unless the court gives another order, a person who has been summoned by the court has to show up at the set date and time until a decision is reached on the case.

What if I do not show up after I get called to testify as a witness?

If a person does not show up after being summoned by the court to testify as a witness without a compelling reason (as deemed by the court), and if the court finds out that the witness has fled and is intentionally avoiding coming to court, the court has the right to bring the witness detained.

How do I testify as a witness?

First, the witness will present the evidence to the court and will bring the necessary documentation. Second, the witness will send the necessary documentation to the court through various ways.

Who will cover my costs if I testify as a witness?

The court can order a per diem for witnesses to cover some costs incurred on the witness.

Does a Witness take an Oath?

A witness has to give an honest and truthful testimonial. If the court finds out that the witness’s testimony is not true, it may impose a sentence on the witness.