Why do I have to come to court as a witness?
In criminal cases, evidence must be presented by witnesses present in court for the trial. Unlike civil cases, depositions are not allowed. A victim must ordinarily appear in court to testify as to value of items stolen, lack of permission, and other circumstances to establish that a crime occurred.

If we know in advance that a guilty plea will be entered, we can often excuse witnesses from appearing. A witness subpoena serves as your notice to appear. Your presence after conviction at sentencing and motions hearings is optional unless you receive a subpoena.

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1. Why do I have to come to court as a witness?
2. What is a subpoena?
3. What if I need an interpreter in court?
4. What happens if I ignore a subpoena?
5. Can my employer legally fire me for appearing in court as a witness?
6. I was recognized for a court date. What does that mean?
7. Why are cases continued?
8. Suppose I receive a subpoena for a court appearance and cannot come to court when the case is scheduled?
9. What compensation is available to crime victims?
10. How does the Commonwealth's Attorney assist crime victims?