Witnesses

Overview Document Overview of the role of witnesses in court cases in Ireland.

Types of witnesses
Document describing the different types of witnesses that can be called in a court of law in Ireland.

Competence of a witness
This document outlines 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 old
Rules about how witnesses under 18 years of age can give evidence in the District Court, the Circuit Court or the Central Criminal Court.

Being a witness
This document describes what is involved in being a witness in a court case and witness expenses.

Rules about giving evidence
The rules for witnesses giving evidence in a court of law.

Giving evidence by video-link
This document discusses situations when witnesses in a court case are allowed to give their evidence by video-link.

Affidavits
An afffidavit is a sworn written statement that sets out the evidence that a witness wants to give in court in Ireland.

Admissibility of 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.

Hostile witness
A hostile witness is a witness who appears unwilling to tell the truth. Find out how a hostile witness is treated in court here.