A witness is someone who saw or heard something that helps the court decide if a person broke the law.
The witness assistance service can help you.

If you got a summons (a paper telling you to go to court) you must go.
If your friend asked you to come you can say yes or no.

Click here for the witness assistance service website

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Going to Court as a Witness

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Glossary: What these words mean

subpoena

A subpoena is a law-paper from the Supreme Court telling a person that they must come to court or bring something to court (like documents).

witness

A witness is a person who sees or hears anything that helps a magistrate or a jury decide if the defendant broke the law.

(Plain English Legal Dictionary 2015)

summons

To summon means ‘to call a person to come to a place’. A summons is a law-paper from a court telling a person they must come to court or bring something to court (like documents).

(From the Plain English Legal Dictionary 2015)

 

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