People also ask
Why would a witness be asked to go to court?
You might have to go to court as a witness in a criminal court if: you're the victim of a crime - in which case you'll be a witness for the prosecution. you witnessed a crime - you could be a witness for the prosecution or the defence.
What happens if you ignore a subpoena in Canada?
If you have been given a subpoena, you must go to court. If you do not go to court to testify on that date, the Crown Attorney can ask for a warrant for your arrest. This does not happen very often, but if it does happen the police can arrest you and bring you to court.
How can I get out of a subpoena in Ontario?
If you have a good reason not to be a witness, you can ask a judge to cancel the subpoena or summons. For example, if you have been called to Small Claims Court, a judge can cancel the summons if you are not really needed as a witness or if it would be a hardship to you to go to court.
Can you refuse a subpoena Ontario?
If you receive a subpoena to go to court, you must attend. Failing to attend can result in being arrested. Once at court, you must testify and respond to questions from both the Crown prosecutor and the defence lawyer. If you refuse to answer the questions, the judge may find that you are in contempt of court.
What is a subpoena in Ontario?
Subpoena: a document that orders you to go to court on a specific date. Warrant: a document that allows the police or immigration authorities to arrest you.
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