What happens if you dont go to court?
If you miss a court date and a lawyer or agent does not attend for you, the judge or justice of the peace will likely order a bench warrant for your arrest. If this happens, you will be arrested and held for a bail hearing unless you are able to have the bench warrant cancelled. And the police will not arrest you.
What happens if you don’t attend court to give evidence?
You must be available to the court until the judge lets you leave. If you don't go to court when you are supposed to, the judge can charge you with contempt of court and issue a warrant for your arrest. Ask the lawyer who subpoenaed you if you are eligible to apply for witness expense assistance.
What happens if you are too ill to attend court?
If you fail to appear at the court hearing and have not notified the court, you may be ordered to pay a fixed penalty. You also risk being picked up by the police and potentially placed in detention until you can be questioned in court. The court will decide if you are too sick to testify in court.
What happens if a person does not appear when summoned?
The appearance notice or summons will tell you the date of the first appearance in court. Go to court at the required time. If you don't go (or have a representative go on your behalf), a warrant may be issued for your arrest, and you could be charged with failing to appear in court.