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If you get a witness summons

This advice applies to England

Getting a witness summons means you'll have to be at the court on the day of the trial and give evidence if you're asked to.

You should go to court if you get a summons - you can be arrested and taken to the court by the police if you don't.

You might get a summons from the court if:

  • they haven't been able to contact you with a witness warning

  • they think you might not come on the day

  • you've said you won't go to court

  • you were told the date of the trial and you didn't turn up

If your employer has said they won't give you time off, the court could give you a summons to show your employer.

If you're worried about going to court, you can get free help and support from the Citizens Advice Witness Service. Fill in the contact form or call 0300 332 1000 and someone will contact you within 2 working days.