Suggestions for Witnesses

Message from County Attorney Ron Hocevar


Since most witnesses are unfamiliar with court surroundings, and since most people have certain fears or misconceptions about testifying, I want to make the following suggestions.

Keep in mind that the purpose of these suggestions is to help you testify more clearly and accurately, and to be more easily understood by the judge and the jury.

As a witness, you have a very important job to do - important not only to us and to you, but important to the American system of justice. In order for a jury or a judge to make a correct decision, all of the evidence and testimony must be presented in an understandable and truthful manner.
 
Ron Hocevar
Scott County Attorney
  1. When You Receive a Subpoena
  2. Before You Appear In Court
  3. Guidelines for Witnesses Testifying

  1. If you have been issued a Subpoena, read it carefully. A Subpoena always gives directions on when and where you are to appear. The Subpoena may also be a "duces tecum" which directs you to bring something with you. The item(s) you are to bring should be listed on the Subpoena underneath the box checked "duces tecum."
  2. If you are instructed to come to the County Attorney's Office, you will find us on the 3rd floor of the Scott County Justice Center, 200 Fourth Avenue West.
  3. Contact the Scott County Attorney's Office Victim Witness Program  to let us know you have received the Subpoena or notice and to make sure we have your correct home and work telephone numbers in the event of last minute changes. We can also provide you with the additional information or answers to questions you may have.
  4. Contact the witness hotline the work day before you are scheduled to appear and verify that your attendance is required. Often times cases are postponed or settled just before trial.