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Thanks for your patience and enquiry. If they have been summoned to court they are still required to attend and not simply retract in order not to give evidence.
The witness will have to turn up and can say to the court that they wish to retract what they have said. Dependent on the type of matter the court may allow you to rely on the witnesses previous written statement. This is a technical area and you may benefit from a solicitor assisting with the hearing if you form the view that it is likely to affect your matter.
Even if forced to give evidence the witness may change their statement. As such, you would have to be able to question them based on the previous statement that was given. Again, dependent on the nature of the matter I recommend having a solicitor assist.
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