A subpoena requires the attendance of a witness before a court, Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 136.555.
If you cannot locate your subpoena or have any questions regarding your appearance, please call our main phone number at 541-575-0146 for assistance.
Answering a Subpoena
To answer a subpoena, follow these helpful tips for going to court:
- Check in with the District Attorney staff. Some cases have multiple witnesses and it is important to check in with the District Attorney staff so they can keep the District Attorney informed of who has arrived. In order to get paid, the witness and mileage fees you need to fill out the witness register in the District Attorney's office. Per ORS: 44.415(2), you will be paid a witness fee of $5 per day and $0.43 per mile round trip.
- Dress comfortably in a neat and tidy manner. Remember court is a formal place and it shows respect to look your best. Wear clean, comfortable, and conservative clothing free of visible pictures, graphics or messages.
- Arrive at least fifteen minutes early. This will give you time to get oriented and to learn of any last minute changes or instructions.
- Bring a book or other activity to keep you busy while you wait to testify. In most trials witnesses are not permitted in the courtroom until they're called to testify. The Victim Assistance or District Attorney staff will show you where to wait.
- Prepare for any medical needs you may have. Court appearances can be unpredictable - if you have special needs due to a medical condition, inform the Victim Assistance/District Attorney Staff about your concerns. If you are diabetic bring snacks in case of delays.
- Arrange childcare. The courtroom is not an appropriate place for children. If you are nursing or have other special concerns speak to the Victim Assistance/District Attorney Staff about your needs.
Additionally, please review and observe these courtroom rules:
- No hats
- No food, gum, chewing tobacco, candy, or drink containers
- No cell phones, pagers, cameras or recording devices
- No iPods or music playing devices
- No talking after the judge enters the courtroom
- No verbal or non-verbal gestures or emotional outbursts
- No weapons