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If you do not attend court after having a witness summons served on you then you could be liable to be arrested.

If you have any concerns about going to court or cannot arrange transport to get to court, then please contact the officer in the case or the witness liaison department.

The 'witness liaison department' may have a different name in each police force but the contact details you require will appear on the letter that you received warning you to attend court.

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