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Witness FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions for Witnesses.

1. I received a subpoena to testify as a witness for the "State of Georgia." What does this mean?
If you have received a subpoena from the State Court to testify on behalf of "the State of Georgia" that means that you are believed by a local law enforcement agency currently prosecuting a case against a defendant in the State Court to be a witness in the case listed on your subpoena. Contact the Solicitor General’s office upon receiving the subpoena, and give us your name, address, and telephone numbers so that we may keep you apprised as to whether or not you will be needed to testify and exactly what time you will be needed for Court.

2. I received a subpoena to testify in State Court, but my employer will not allow me to miss work to testify in Court. What should I do?
Your subpoena is a lawful excuse to miss work. Contact the Solicitor General’s office immediately and we will assign a Volunteer Victim’s Advocate to assist you. If you will provide us with your telephone number we will keep you apprised as to whether or not you will be needed to testify and exactly what time you will be needed for Court.

3. I received a subpoena to testify, but I have a small child and cannot arrange for day care. What should I do?
Contact the Solicitor General’s Office as soon as you receive the subpoena. Our Volunteer Victim Witness Advocates will make arrangements for daycare for your children while you are in Court testifying.

4. I was a witness to a case now pending in the State Court, but no one from law enforcement interviewed me about the case. What should I do?
Contact the law enforcement agency that investigated the case if you believe you have relevant information about the case to provide to them. A list of all law enforcement agencies that prosecute cases in our State Court is provided on our website by clicking here. If you do not know which law enforcement agency investigated the case, contact the Solicitor General’s Office at (706) 923-2331 and we will direct you to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

5. I have been contacted by a defense attorney and asked to discuss a case with them that I am a witness in for the prosecution. Do I have to talk to the defense attorney if I don’t want to talk to him/her?
The Solicitor General’s Office is required by law to provide the defense attorney with names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses for the State. Whether or not you choose to speak to a defense attorney is solely your decision.




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