Why have I been given a subpoena?
You are being asked to serve as a witness in a criminal court trial. A subpoena lists the date, time, place and proceedings in which your testimony is required. If you have any question about the subpoena, feel free to call your advocate to have your questions answered. Do not ignore your subpoena. You will be notified if the case is cancelled.

If you fail to appear, you could be charged with contempt of court. Please do not think that a subpoena is issued to witnesses that are non-compliant. Subpoenas are issued to all witnesses in a trial and is not a reflection of your cooperation in the criminal court case.

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1. How often will I have to appear in court?
2. What if court dates conflict with my job?
3. Everyone seems focused on the rights of the defendant.
4. What if the defendant’s attorney wants to talk to me?
5. What should I wear?
6. Why have I been given a subpoena?
7. What is expected of me as a witness?
8. Where do I go?
9. Do I have to bring anything along?
10. Who will be asking me questions during the trial?
11. What will happen when the defense attorney questions me during the trial?
12. Why are there delays in holding the trial?
13. How long will the trial take?
14. What should I wear?
15. What is a Victim Impact Statement?