Witness Coordination

Witnesses to crime may be required to appear in court to testify, under oath, about the alleged crime. A subpoena (order to appear in court) may be issued by the Deputy District Attorney, or by the defense counsel who is representing the defendant.

If you receive a subpoena from the District Attorney's Office to testify in court, the Victim Witness Assistance Center provides the following services:

  • Subpoena check-in/witness confirmation
  • Case status information/witness cancellation
  • Court escort/support
  • Orientation to the Criminal Justice System
  • Case outcome/plea information
  • Liaison between witnesses and Deputy District Attorney
  • Witness travel/accommodation arrangements
  • Assistance obtaining witness fee/other reimbursements
  • Interpreter services if needed

If you receive a District Attorney subpoena, please call Victim Witness at (805) 781-5821 or toll free at (866) 781-5821 to confirm the date/time of your appearance. We can also answer questions about criminal court procedures, or other general inquiries.

Sample Subpoena