Your role in court

If you are required to come to court and give evidence as a witness, it means that you will have made a statement to the police.

You may be sent a court order, which is called a summons (in the Magistrates’ Court) or a subpoena (in the County and Supreme Courts). The summons or subpoena tells you when and where the matter is going to be held. If you receive a summons or subpoena, you must attend court.

There may be more than one hearing and if you are a witness you may need to go to court more than once. It is also possible that a hearing may be delayed (adjourned) to another day. This can happen for a range of reasons. The informant, OPP solicitor or WAS worker will tell you when you will be needed at court. They will do their best to let you know if a hearing has been adjourned, although sometimes adjournments can happen at short notice.

Now You Are a Witness

The Now You Are a Witness - English brochure will help you to understand what is involved when you are required to give evidence in court and how you can prepare for that process.

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