Witnesses are not only "eye witnesses." You may have seen the crime happen or may know something about it. You may also know something about a piece of evidence, or may know something that contradicts another witness's testimony. If you wonder why you are testifying in a particular case, ask the prosecutor handling it; there is probably a common-sense reason.
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You may bring friends or relatives with you to court, and they can probably sit in the courtroom while you testify, unless they are also witnesses. Witnesses testify one at a time and generally wait outside the courtroom for their turn. In some cases, a Victim / Witness Coordinator from our office may also be with you, if you request. Talk with the prosecutor about that.
Your time at court varies greatly from case to case. Some witnesses will be at the courthouse for more than a day.
Yes. The defendant has a constitutional right to be present in court to hear what all the witnesses say.
We try to accommodate witnesses’ schedules as much as possible, however, it is the court that determines when a case goes to trial. Contact the deputy prosecutor on the case or his/her legal assistant with your scheduling conflict. You should receive a letter with your subpoena with this contact information.