Due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the country and locally, Linn County has closed most buildings to the public to help reduce community spread of the virus and to help ensure continuity of County services.
You may receive a subpoena for a hearing or trial. A subpoena is a court order requiring you to appear in court and provide testimony.
If you have questions about testifying, call 319-892-6350 and ask to speak with the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to the case.
Facts about court:
The defendant will be in the courtroom.
A witness must provide their testimony in person.
The courtroom is open to the public.
Support persons can accompany you to court as long as they are not also a witness.
Witnesses are sequestered, which means they cannot sit in the courtroom before or after they testify.
If you receive a subpoena but fail to come to court, you may be subject to contempt proceedings.
Tips for testifying:
ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH.
If you don’t know the answer to a question, or you can’t remember, just say so.
Speak loudly enough for everyone to hear you.
Dress neatly and conservatively.
Wait until a question is finished before answering.
If there is an objection, wait for the Judge to make a ruling before answering.
Do not discuss your testimony with other witnesses.
Do not discuss the case or your testimony in the common areas of the courthouse.
If you have received a subpoena for court and you need assistance in making travel arrangements to the Linn County Courthouse, call 319-892-6350 and ask to speak with the Victim/Witness Coordinator assigned to the case.