Guidelines for Witnesses
Monday, October 1, 2012
Statute § 16-2320.01
- Always tell the truth. Testify as accurately as you can about the facts.
- Never guess. If you don't know something, say so. “I don’t know” is a perfect answer if you do not know the answer to any question you are asked. Be especially careful about questions involving distances and times. If you don't know, say so. If you are estimating, say so.
- Take your time. Give every question some thought. Be sure you understand the question before you answer it. If you don't understand a question, ask the attorney to repeat or clarify it.
- Pause briefly before answering questions. This allows the attorney enough time to object to any question that is improper. If an objection is made, do not answer the question until the judge has ruled on the objection. If you have forgotten the question in the meantime, ask the attorney to repeat it.