Q192: Can I be on standby if I am a witness at Crown Court?

Many cases are listed for trial at Crown Court without a court room and it means the witnesses may have to wait around at the Court all day waiting for their case to be allocated to a court room.

To be on standby at court means that you do not have to be at the court all day waiting for your case to be allocated a court room. You can stay at work/home until your case is ready to be heard. You must not be too far away and must be contactable by phone and ready to go the court straight away if necessary.

You would need to check with the Court as to whether you could be on standby. If you are contactable by phone and not too far away from the court then there should be no reason why you could not be on standby.

Standby is becoming a more popular option as many witnesses work and cannot take the time off work to sit and wait at court.

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