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Witness | General Information

If you are a witness for the United States government and have questions regarding the status of the case in which you are involved, you may contact the case agent or the Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the case.

The federal justice system cannot function without the participation of witnesses. You may be subpoenaed at some point for a federal criminal proceeding, whether it be grand jury, trial, or another type of hearing. Witnesses who receive a subpoena and appear for a court proceeding are entitled to certain reimbursements. Generally, each witness receives a $40 fee for each day’s attendance, parking and mileage reimbursement. Travel is provided by the least expensive method with a specific meal and lodging allowance if you are required to stay overnight.

Once you receive a subpoena, you will talk with the Fact Witness Coordinator or the Victim-Witness Coordinator with our office about arrangements. If specific contact information does not appear on your subpoena, contact our office at (217) 492-4450.

The United States Attorney's Office understands that being a victim and/or witness in a federal case may cause concerns for the safety of you and your family. If an emergency situation arises, call 911 or your local emergency number to reach law enforcement immediately.

It is a Federal offense to threaten, intimidate, harass or mislead a witness in a criminal proceeding. If you feel you have been threatened or harassed due to your involvement as a victim or witness in a federal case, contact the case agent or the Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the case.

To learn more about the federal court system and the criminal justice process, visit the Justice 101 website.

Contact Us
Fact Witness Coordinator (217) 492-4479
Victim Witness Coordinator (217) 492-4427




Updated April 5, 2023