Overview of the role of witnesses in court cases in Ireland.
Different types of witnesses that can be encountered in a
court of law in Ireland.
This document discusses the question of who is competent to
be a witness and sets out people who are not considered to be competent
This document describes situations when a person can be
compelled (forced) to give evidence in a court of law.
Rules under which witnesses under 18 years may give evidence in the District Court, the Circuit Court or the Central Criminal Court.
This document describes the procedure for calling a person as a witness in a court case and explains entitlement to witness expenses.
Steps involved in giving evidence as a witness in a court
of law in Ireland.
There are specific rules in place that govern
the giving of evidence by witnesses in a court of law.
Recent legislation in Ireland has introduced the concept of video-link evidence in cases. This document discusses situations when witnesses in a court case are permitted to give their evidence via television-link.
An afffidavit is a sworn written statement that sets out the evidence that a witness wishes to give in court in Ireland.
What happens if a witness refuses to give evidence in a criminal trial? This law on this area is covered by the Criminal Justice Act 2006.
A hostile witness is a witness who appears unwilling to tell the truth. Find out how a hostile witness is treated in court here.