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How do I prepare and bring witnesses to court?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute & MetroWest Legal Services
Reviewed June 2023

Witnesses help you tell the judge the things you need to prove.  Having witnesses can help you win your case.

It may be helpful to have:

  • Testimony from family, friends, clergy, or social service providers tell the court they will help support you and your child in the new state.
  • Testimony from your child’s therapist, counselor, or social worker saying that moving will be good for your child or that your child is excited about the possibility of moving. And,
  • Testimony from your therapist, counselor, or social worker saying that moving will be good for you.

Talk to the people in your life and ask them if they will talk to the judge for you. Even if they say they will come, serve them with a subpoena so they know the right date and time to come to court.

You do not have to serve a subpoena, but it could protect you if they do not show up on your court date.  If a person you want to testify on your behalf cannot be there in person,  ask the court to allow the person to appear virtually.

Important

If your witness does not come to your court date, ask the judge for a new court date.

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