Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
What is it you would like to know about this today please?
do I have to attend court and is there a way I can not attend
Yes you have to attend Court
If you have received a summons this is an order from the Court
If you do not attend Court you could be arrested by the Police
However that is not to say once you attend Court you need to give evidence.
Your requirement is only to attend Court.
You can refuse to give evidence.
Or if you do not attend Court if you go away for the day so you are not found, it would be hard to arrest you
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
how do I go about not giving evidence
You just turn up at Court and say you are not going to give evidence.
You then don't say anything
That is it
the domestic violence was against myself but my partner was mentally ill at the time and he pushed me several times and broke my phone he has now been charged with criminal damage and common assault
But the answer is still the same.
You go to Court and refuse to give evidence
Or you make sure you can't be found on the day
so do I just say I no longer want to give evidence in this matter that is why I retracted my statement?
Its a matter for you.
You either go to Court and refuse to give evidence or make sure you are not found on the day
Does that clarify?
what would be the likely outcome of the case?
I can't say, I have not seen the evidence and it would be unfair of me to do so
is there a way I can stop this progressing any further?
But if you don't give evidence he may be found not guilty
You made the complaint to the Police.
As soon as you do that, you lose control
Its not your case, it belongs to the Police
I would suggest in future if you don't want it going to Court, don't call the Police
okay but they have manipulated me on so many levels during this whole situation
If you had not called the Police there would be no Court case
But I have given you the two options:
1) Go to Court and refuse to give evidence
2) Do not go to Court but make sure you can't be found on the day
if I get a doctors letter stating I am not fit for court how would that help
The case will just be adjourned
The two options for you are and these are the only options:
2) Do not go to Court but make sure you can not be found on the day
the police officer took pictures of my phone smashed up will that be used as evidence
It can be
But I have not seen all the evidence so can not say what they will or will not use
I was not physically hurt
I have given you the 2 options for what to do
Can I clarify anything for you about this?
if I do not attend court and can not be found what would be the procedure then?
The court can dismiss the case
will there be any repercussions for my
is that definite?
No, nothing is for sure
if I attend who would be there and the police are offering a screen is that to make the case look more serious?
The screen makes no difference to the case.
Witnesses services will be there
The Police may or may not attend
will he be there?
Members of the public if they wish to attned
what role do members of the public have?
Its a public hearing, anyone can watch a case if they wish
so they do not decide anything?
No the 3 Magistrates do
will his solicitor ask me questions?
Yes of course
and they will be along the lines of?
I can't say because I dont know what the Defendant's case is
But the Solicitor will put the clients case
His job is to UNDERMINE you and attack your CREDIBILITY
Can I clarify anything else for you regarding the summons?
what would be the likely outcomes if I do not attend? meaning for myself...
2) Not arrested
Not attending Court. You could be arrested and taken to Court - as I have indicated above.
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