Going to court as a witness


You can be asked to go court as a witness if you saw or have information that may help the court decide on a case.

You can be called as either:

  • a witness
  • or an expert who gives advice on a part of a case.

Witnesses will only be called if the accused is pleading not guilty, or doesn’t agree with some of the information in a case.

By law, you must attend if you have been called as a witness. If you don’t, you can be fined or arrested.

Watch video clips

If you prefer to watch videos about going to court as a witness, go to the Director of Public Prosecutions website to view:

For more information on going to court as a witness, including the witness assistance service go the Director of Public Prosecutions website.

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Last updated: 06 February 2019


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