Before the court case, you will receive a citation or letter giving you a date for the case to start. This citation is a formal notice to attend court as a witness or defendant.
Click here for more about the citation and what to do. The term is often used interchangable with “charge sheet”.
In both a criminal and children’s hearing court case, if you do not turn up, the court can issue you with a summons or issue a warrant for your arrest. If you are worried about giving evidence, you should speak to the person who has cited you to be a witness.