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    Default What Happens to a Witness Who Doesn't Get a Criminal Court Summons

    A witness to a minor criminal act made a statement to the police at the time of the event, and a charge was filed against the defendant. The witness moved shortly afterward. The witness just received in the mail a forwarded summons from the court to appear at the defendant's trial, but the trial date has already passed. Will the witness be in trouble with the court?

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    Default Re: What Happens to a Witness Who Doesn't Get a Criminal Court Summons

    As this was a summons, not a subpoena, and was served only by first class mail, it's not going to be an issue.

    The witness can call the prosecutor's office to check on the status of the case. If the case is over, then there will be no further need for the witness's testimony. If the case was rescheduled, then the witness can provide a current address.

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