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What is a witness?

A witness is a person who has information (called "evidence") which may be useful in the proceedings of a case being heard in a court. Giving evidence is also sometimes referred to as "testifying".

You may be asked to be a witness in either the Supreme Court of Tasmania or the Magistrates Court if you have seen or heard about an event which is related to a case and you are able to say how it happened. This is called being a "witness of fact".

If you have been asked to be a witness because of your specialist knowledge, this is called being an "expert witness".

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