A person may be subpoenaed to come to court if they are the victim of a crime, if they witness a crime, or if they have information related to a crime. A subpoena is a court order that requires a witness to attend court on a designated date and to answer all questions asked by the prosecution or defense. If someone is charged with a crime and you are the victim of that crime, you are a witness for the State of Kansas. A victim advocate will be available to accompany you to court, assist with restitution and victim impact forms, and answer questions about the case.
Witness testimony may be heard on the date listed on the subpoena. The District Attorney’s Office strives to be conscientious of the public’s time. However, it is important to note that the date and time may change due to court delays or the length of testimony from other witnesses. Information on any changes regarding your appearance will be relayed as soon as possible. Additionally, hearings may be rescheduled or canceled, such as when a defendant enters a guilty plea. When trials are rescheduled, outstanding subpoenas still apply and witness are required to attend on the rescheduled dates unless otherwise notified by a member of the District Attorney’s Office. Failure to respond to a subpoena or failure to attend a trial or hearing may result in the court issuing a warrant for the arrest of the subpoenaed witness.