Witnesses

  1. Duties
  2. Receiving Your Subpoena
  3. Compensation
  4. Subpoena Effect
  5. Attire
  6. Investigators & Tampering

You have been subpoenaed to testify because you have information or knowledge that is pertinent to the issue at hand in a trial. It is your duty as a witness to appear in court to testify both properly attired and in a timely manner. It is also your obligation to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Courthouse Location

The Midland County Courthouse where you will be asked to appear is located at:
500 N Loraine Street
Midland, TX 79701

Requirements

Please be advised that when you enter the courthouse you will be required to go through the security checkpoint at the main entrance, which includes metal detectors and a list of prohibited items.

You will be required to treat the Court and its officers with the appropriate respect. You will be required to answer all questions directly and to speak clearly and distinctly. The worst thing a witness can do is lose their temper – you are required to be in Court testifying, so attempting to argue with the attorneys or the Judge will only make this process more painful and potentially costly for you as the witness.

Despite the fact that you may have already provided law enforcement personnel with an oral or written statement about the incident in question, you will still be required to testify in person in the trial of the case. The Judge will not allow the written or recorded statement into evidence as it is inadmissible under the Texas Rules of Evidence. The law requires the witness to appear in court, tell their story under oath, and be subject to questioning by all parties.

Under Texas law, witnesses are required to wait outside the courtroom until it is time for their testimony. They are not allowed to sit in the courtroom and listen to the testimony of any of the other witnesses.