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If I am called as a witness in a civil case, am i compelled

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If I am called as a witness in a civil case, am i compelled to testify?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Thelawman2 replied 2 years ago.
Lawyers have a power as officers of the court to issue subpoenas, pursuant to which courts require witnesses to give testimony. Anyone whom the lawyer believes to have relevant, admissible evidence and who is within the court's jurisdiction can be subpoenaed, and they have to show up and give truthful testimony. Witnesses don't get to pick and choose about whether or not they'll testify. Once they've been subpoenaed, they have to show up and say what they know, unless the information is privileged.