Overview of the role of witnesses in court cases in Ireland.
Types of witnesses
Different types of witnesses that can be encountered in a court of law in Ireland.
Competence of a witness
This document discusses the question of who is competent to be a witness and sets out people who are not considered to be competent witnesses.
Who can be forced to be a witness?
This document describes situations when a person can be compelled (forced) to give evidence in a court of law.
Witnesses under 18 years
Rules under which witnesses under 18 years may give evidence in the District Court, the Circuit Court or the Central Criminal Court.
How you are called as a witness
This document describes the procedure for calling a person as a witness in a court case and explains entitlement to witness expenses.
The procedure for being a witness
Steps involved in giving evidence as a witness in a court of law in Ireland.
Rules relating to your evidence
There are specific rules in place that govern the giving of evidence by witnesses in a court of law.
Giving evidence by television-link
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.
Admissibility of certain witness statements in a criminal trial
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.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.