Going to court as a witness or as the victim of a crime can be a worrying experience, particularly if it is your first time and you don’t know what to expect. Court procedures can be confusing; the following information will help you cope with giving evidence. If the offender pleads guilty prior to his/her trial date, you will not be required to attend to give evidence but must attend unless specifically informed not to by an officer of the court. You might be worried about being asked to appear as a witness but the court makes it as straightforward as possible. You will be served with a witness summons by the Process Server (usually a Police Officer) which tells you when and where the trial will take place.