January 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm #97
Has anyone done this and can tell me how it works.
I have to give evidence in a trial related to my work but at present haven’t been told what day I may need to go. The trial starts Monday. Will it be decided then who will be called and when and how much notice do you get?
I am only giving evidence on something that was disclosed to me – nothing I saw or actually witnesses led so don’t imagine I’ll be needed for long?January 13, 2018 at 4:10 pm #98
You should receive a citation,telling you when you should attend. In the court house you will be shown to the witness room. You will wait there until you’re called. If times getting on, or there are delays, you may be sent home, and will be told when to re attend.
It’s a lot of waiting about, pray you are called early!
You will be told that you shouldn’t talk to other witnesses about the trial, so take a book!January 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm #99
I give evidence a lot for work at Crown Court. The court staff will be really nice and put you at ease, always ask of you’re unsure.
If at Crown- the biggest tip I got is always speak to the jury, not the barrister asking questions. I know it seems weird that you don’t face the person asking the question, but the barrister is there to ask questions to paint a picture to the jury so always direct your answer at them.
If the judge asks you a question though make sure you answer them facing them! And call them Your Honour (Judges are really up their own arseholes and stupid like that).
Take some food with you too as very few courts have canteens these days and you could be there all day without being called.
You’ll be fine 🙂
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