Sunday, April 23, 2017
Isabella County Community Development

Witness Services and Tips

Services:

As a witness you are doing a service for your community. The following services are provided mainly for Trial Court to make your appearance as convenient as possible.
  • Help witnesses solve problems caused by appearing in Court
  • Tell witnesses of delay in the trial or if they will not be needed
  • Place witnesses on call when possible to avoid waiting
  • Take the witness from the waiting room to the Courtroom at the time he or she is needed
  • Help in payment of witness fees
    • A witness will receive $6.00 for each half day and $12.00 for each full day that he/she is called to testify. These amounts are set by law.

If you are required to appear in Court as a witness:

  • Tell The Truth
    • The single most important item of advice is to tell the truth.
  • Dress Appropriately
    • It is not necessary to wear a suit.
    • It is important to present yourself as respectably as possible in court.
    • Dress appropriately; court is a formal setting and witnesses should dress accordingly.
  • Be Prepared
    • Think about the answers you will give to the questions you will probably be asked.
  • Stick To The Facts
    • The Judge wants to hear only the facts as you know them to be, not what someone else told you.
  • Relax, Speak Clearly
    • You have nothing to fear when giving truthful answers.
    • When you are asked questions, give the Judge your answer as clearly as possible.
  • Do Not Get Frustrated
    • If you don't understand a question, ask that it be repeated.
    • State your answers clearly.
    • Some questions might seem repetitive or irrelevant, but the attorneys are doing their job, and your job as a witness is to answer their questions to the best of your ability.
    • Try to keep your composure on the stand even if frustration starts to set in.