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Witness in criminal proceedings
In criminal proceedings, the facts of the case are often unclear or in dispute. The facts are cleared up in court, with witnesses having an important role in this process. Testimony is oral and direct, that is, it is given in person in the courtroom where the court is in session. The interrogation protocols produced by the police are not intended to be read out in court.
Giving testimony is a civil obligation which cannot be declined. There are certain impediments, whose existence is determined in court; hence, a summons to appear in court must always be obeyed. The witness will be compensated from state funds for travel expenses and loss of income; a per diem is also paid.
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Updated on 7 July 2009