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I have a subpoena to appear as a witness. I am very uncomfortable

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I have a subpoena to appear as a witness. I am very uncomfortable about his and feel bullied into supplying a witness statement! What can. I
do about this the case is tomorrow
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.
Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Alex Watts : Is this a witness summons please?
Customer:

Yes

Alex Watts : Ok. What penalty if any does it include in it please?
Customer:

I don't understand the question, sorry

Customer:

can you let me know what you mean please

Alex Watts :

Ok - you do not need to worry

Alex Watts :

It is not issued by the Court. Therefore you do not have to attend.

Alex Watts :

If you do not attend they can not make you.

Alex Watts :

If it was a Court summons then you would have to attend.

Alex Watts :

But it is not

Alex Watts :

Therefore you do not need attend - you are not compelled to by law

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

The summons was issued by a court and has a stamp of The Royal Courts of Justice

Alex Watts :

Ok thank you. In that case you should attend

Alex Watts :

If you do not then you could be arrested

Alex Watts :

But the law only requires you to attned.

Alex Watts :

You can attend and refuse to give evidence

Alex Watts :

Does that help?

Customer:

Can I state that if I am made to attend I will refuse to give evidence in the hope they will quash the summons?

Alex Watts :

You can try that yes

Customer:

Will I get in trouble as this may be deemed as a threat?

Alex Watts :

No of course not

Alex Watts :

But all the summons requires you is to attend, nothing else

Customer:

The summons states I am summoned to attend to give evidence in the respect of the above claim!

Alex Watts :

You are generally only required to attend. You can sit on the stand and refuse to answer questions if they try and make you.

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