Witness Information Services
A Subpoena is a court order that requires a witness to attend court and tell the truth. You may be subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a criminal case if you were the victim of a crime, saw what happened, or have other information related to the case.
If you receive a Subpoena, be aware that there are frequent changes in court dates. To inconvenience you as little as possible, be sure to call the number listed on the bottom of the Subpoena on the date indicated to see if your appearance and testimony are still necessary on the date indicated or click this link to check the status of the trial.
If you receive a Subpoena for a date that you know you will not be available because of a prescheduled vacation or business trip, please let the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney handling the case know as soon as possible. It may be necessary to request that the Judge reschedule the court date. Please be aware that medical appointments and work commitments are not sufficient to request a continuance.
- Court rules permit the prosecutor or the defendant's attorney to interview any witness, regardless of who issued the subpoena.
- The witness can set the time and place for the interview so that it is convenient and comfortable to the witness. (Any interview may be held in the office of the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney assigned to the case at the request for the victim or witness)
- Witnesses are allowed to choose someone else to attend the interview as long as the other person is not another witness.
- Witness testimony could happen on the date listed on the subpoena, but frequently occurs sometime later due to court delays.
- Trials are sometimes rescheduled or cancelled.
- Failure to respond to a subpoena or failure to attend a trial or hearing as required may cause a court to issue a warrant for the arrest of the subpoenaed witness.