Who can be a witness?

Posted Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20 / Updated Fri, 07/21/2017 - 14:41

A witness is a person who can give a first-hand or factual account relevant to investigations and trials falling within the jurisdiction of the court. Such a person could be a victim or another person who has relevant information. This factual account amounts to “evidence”. Evidence given by a witness during investigations becomes part of the case file, or, if given during the trial, it becomes part of the formal record of the hearing. Anyone considered important in establishing the truth could be asked to give such evidence during the investigations and trials, including experts.