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Have they summonsed you?
Ok. That is a shame.
Ultimately if they have summonsed you then they have summonsed you. If you do not attend then that would be a contempt. It must be said that the magistrates court don't prosecute that very often. It is far more common in the Crown Court.
However, you are taking a risk.
There are special measures available to you though if that is helpful.
If you do fail to answer a summons though then you take the risk of a witness warrant. May happen. May not but that is the risk.
Can I clarify anything for you?
They will offer special measures to accommodate that and demand that you give evidence.
They will take breaks to accommodate it.
Or set up a live link although that is not likely.
Then they can apply for a screen. There are special measures.