Victim / Witness Responsibilities

As a victim or witness, it is necessary to keep the Victim Witness Program informed of your current address and telephone number so that we can contact you about your case and make sure subpoenas can be served to notify you of court dates. Report any changes to address or phone number to the Clerk of Court and the Victim Witness Program.  This also helps ensure that you receive court-ordered restitution.

Tips on Testifying

  • Always tell the truth.
  • Do not be afraid to say, "I do not know" if you do not know the answer.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for the question to be repeated.
  • Only answer the question asked.
  • Speak loudly and clearly.
  • Do not become angry or argumentative. Keep calm, and be polite and courteous.
  • Dress appropriately for this occasion, i.e., tank tops and shorts are not appropriate.
  • Cell phones should be turned off.
  • Do not chew gum, eat or drink in the courtroom.
  • Listen carefully to and obey anything the judge tells you to do.
  • Bring your notes, photographs, medical bills, or receipts for repairs to property.
  • Be prepared to wait. The court tries to limit the time you must wait; however, sometimes there are several cases to be tried on the same day.
  • It is best to arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled court appearance.