You are Witness?
The term witness stands for those who are known to have
information on an incident but are not party to a litigation.
Bearing witness is compulsory ?
Yes, it is. The witness by law required to come to court upon
request , testify on what he/she knows and take the oath to tell
the truth. In exceptional circumstances thos who are enumerated
in the law are entitled to restrain from bearing witness. This
matter shall be explained below.
What if I were summoned on a matter I have no information
In that case, you need to explain yourself to the court that you
have no information about the case and take an oath if you
What if I dont appear in the court
In such case you might be forced to appear in the court by the
police and required by the court to pay the expences made due to
the delay you caused and you might even be sanctioned to the
What if I m really not in a position to appear in the court
You must explain yourself to the court in written immidiately.
In the notification you have served there must be file and
docket number of the case. You need to right a petition to the
court summoned you. But, remember not all kind of excuses are
acceptable. Such excuses as ' Im busy' or 'I have a rendes-vous'
would not be welcomed as sensible excuses.
I m very busy, could I go to court registry beforehand and
have my statements taken?
No, Witnesses must be heard by the court, you are not allowed by
law to have your statements written in the registry in a day
before the date set by the court.
I shall appear in the court what I need to do ?
There must be the name of the court and the time and day you are
summoned in the invitation you served. I would suffice you to be
there in that time. When the moment of your testimony cames the
bailif would cry your name. Do not get in the court room before
you have been called.
Why am I not allowed to watch the hearing?
Witness is expected to be impartial and to tell the truth, in
case you watch the hearing you might possible be effected or
distracted by what you have heard therefore you need to wait
ourside untill your turn comes. Witnesses are heard seperately
but could be bring together compare the conflicting statements
What am I required to do in the course of the hearing?
Remember taking your ID with you. When you are called in the
courtroom your identification would be asked and recorded
thereafter you are to be asked whether you know the parties to
the case and whether you have any involvement whatsoever to the
case. Answer these questions correctly. Remember the false
testimony is a crime. If you know the parties or you any
involvement to the case or any benefit therefrom whatsoever
please explain it to the court beforehand.
What I need to say?
Tell everything you know in a clear and concise way. Please tell
before hand if tell those you believe are true but you did not
witnessed. For instance if you are a witnesse in a divorse case
and you are asked Was Ahmet beating his wife do not reply as
yes he was beating his wife reply instead as I was told by
his neighbours that he was beating his wife
What if I lie?
Perjury and false statement are crimes. In case the court
believe that you were lying it would inform the prosecution
office. You might well be sentenced to a time in prison and this
would be registered you your criminal record. In case where the
perjury revealed after the court adjourned and the verdict was
rendered the court would retry the case. Beside the prison you
might facea compansation claim.
Can I give my statement in written?
No, you need to appear in the court and reply the questions of
the judge verbally. But in such technical questions or those
about the digits you might ask permission to do so.
I stayed back of my business schedule and spent money for
You are entitled by law to get paid for the time you spent this
to be decided by the court and you are as well have right to be
paid for your travel expenses.
Can I go to notary instead of the court?
No. Testimony before the notary can not be replaced the
testimony before the court.