Witnesses are required to go to court when they are told that their attendance is required in a precise, formal way. The method of notice required depends on whether the trial is a criminal trial, or a family or civil law trial. Click on the link below to learn if you are legally required to attend court.

There are additional steps you can take to make sure you are a prepared witness. These steps will make your attendance at court less stressful. Click on the link for additional information about how to be a prepared witness.

Certain court proceedings are now being conducted remotely by online video or by phone.

Below are various best practices and points of etiquette that will help ensure your participation in a remote hearing is as effective as possible.

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