Hello, sorry I only saw this after I posted my message on the last question so you can ignore that and I will continue here.
It is correct that it is generally a bad idea to force a reluctant witness to attend because they could end up damaging your case.
If you try and force a witness to attend under a witness order will be treated as your witness and as such you can only ask them non-leading questions - you will not be able to cross-examine them.
As you are trying to cross-examine that witness you have the following options available to you:
· Asking the other party if they are proposing to call that witness. If they are not, the only option will be to seek a witness order
· If you force them to attend under a witness order, and they fail to give the evidence expected of them, you can apply to the tribunal to treat them as a "hostile" witness. If such an application is granted, the witness can be cross-examined with a view to obtaining the evidence you require.
So these are the only available options in the circumstances.
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