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About Being a Witness

Witnesses at an inquest must be either sworn in or give an affirmation. In either case the court officer will assist the witness.

Witnesses should remember to take any relevant documents about the case with them to the inquest. Witnesses may be asked to read from documentation, so they should bring reading glasses if required.

Witnesses waiting to give evidence are often allowed to sit in the courtroom and listen to the hearing. On occasions, however, the Coroner may order witnesses to leave the courtroom and wait outside until it is their turn to give evidence. A waiting area is available. If witnesses have questions, they can be directed to the administrator at the Coroners Court or the counsel or police officer assisting the coroner.

Last updated: 15-Jan-2014

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