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If they are just a witness in the case- not the defendant- they won't actually be arrested or penalized for failure to appear at the court date, even though they've received a subpoena.
The subpoena itself that they receive in the mail sometimes says they will be penalized if they don't appear, but in reality that never happens.
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I presume you are in the UK?
They can't arrest you on a summons alone but if you don't answer it then they could seek a witness warrant and arrest you upon that.
If this is a domestic then probably they would.
It depens upon your history of calling the police and making reports.
So, in short, yes they could seek a warrant for your arrest.
It depends on your history doing this really.
Well, as I said, it depends on your history of wasting their time.
They wouldn't in every case but obviously some people seem to think they can call the police to every row. They are the ones who end up on witness warrants.
OK. Does that mean you have previously called the police to family rows?
If there have been two previous incidents then they could seek a witness warrant.
maybe they will. Maybe not.
Yes, I understand.
Their policy to summons when people call them to family rows now. I realise this doesn't help much now but the only to avoid that is not to make reports to the police.
Whether they will seek a warrant depends really on so many variables
If this is only a second report from you then that isn't anything like the worst type of accuser.
Nobody can guarantee that they would not though.
It is less likely than if you were a long standing accuser.