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Question by  Sue8941 (106)

What is the statute of limitations is a witness doesn't show up in court?

Someone was scheduled to testify against me in court, but didn't show up. At what point, if any, will the case be dismissed?


Answer by  sluna (31)

The time for dismissal will generally be at the discretion of the judge. If this is a criminal proceeding, the judge may grant the prosecution one or more continuances.


Answer by  tschu (417)

Usally the judge will grant a continuance to allow the plantiff to appear agian. If they don't appear a second time the case will usally be closed. This can vary with all judges and state laws. For instance in traffic court usally it can be dismissed the first day if it is regarding an uncontested ticket.

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