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Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do I Go?

Federal Courthouses are located in six different cities in the Eastern half of Kentucky. You can go to the Court Locations Page to get directions and see a map. The main U.S. Attorney's Office is located at 260 W. Vine Street in Lexington on the 3rd Floor. Your subpoena will indicate where and when the court proceeding will take place. However, as the court date approaches, you may be notified by the U.S. Attorney’s Office staff or the case agent as to the exact location, date and time you will be needed.

PLEASE NOTE: Witnesses are not allowed to enter the courtroom until they are called upon to testify. Therefore, it is important that you be in the witness waiting room next to the courtroom when it is time for you to testify. You should report to the U.S. Attorney’s Office staff or to the case agent that you are present.

Where Can I Park?

There are public parking lots and meters near each of the courthouses. You will be reimbursed for parking expenses, but we recommend you park in the parking lots due to the fact that we WILL NOT reimburse you for any parking tickets you may receive.

How Long Will I Be In Court?

It is impossible to predict how long witnesses will testify at trial. It is important that you arrange your schedule to permit maximum flexibility. You may have to wait to testify for several hours or more. You may want to bring reading materials, or something else to occupy your time, while you wait to testify.

What Should I Do With My Children?

Try to find a relative, friend, or neighbor to care for your children. However, you should make sure that he/she has a flexible schedule, due to the fact that you don't know when you will be released from your subpoena.

Will I Have To Bring Anything With Me?

If you need to bring anything as evidence, you will be instructed to do so in the subpoena or by the Assistant U. S. Attorney.

Is Food Available?

There is a snack area located in the basement of the Lexington courthouse and there are some restaurants located near all six of the federal courthouses.

Will I Be Paid For My Time Spent As A Witness?

You will receive $40.00 for each day you are required to be in court or attend a pretrial conference, including travel days. YOU WILL NOT BE REIMBURSED FOR LOST WAGES. If you live outside the city where the courthouse is located, you will be reimbursed for mileage if you drive to court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office can make prepaid airline and hotel arrangements for you. If you choose to drive rather than fly, you will be reimbursed for the least expensive mode of transportation. You need to keep track of your mileage from your home and the airport or mileage from your home to the courthouse. If you incur parking or taxi expenses over $25.00, a receipt is required for reimbursement. If you travel to Court and return home the same day, you will not receive a meal allowance. If you are required to stay overnight, you will receive allowable per diem rates for meals and incidental expenses. The U.S. Attorneys Office staff will provide a form for you to sign regarding reimbursement when you report to testify. You will receive payment by mail usually within 7 to 10 days.

What If I Am Threatened By The Defendant Or Others?

Threatening a witness is a separate federal crime and a matter which we take very seriously. Actually, it happens far less often than you would think. In emergency situations call the police immediately. In other instances, contact the Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the case, the Victim-Witness Coordinator, or the case agent.

What About My Employer?

Many witnesses question how to approach their employer about their absence from work during their testimony. If requested, we will contact your employer and outline your responsibility as a subpoenaed federal witness. Employers may not retaliate against you because of your absence.

What If The Defendant's Attorney Or Investigator Asks To Talk To Me?

You have the right to decide whether you want to discuss the case with any attorney or investigator for either the United States or the defense. Be sure you know who you are talking to when you discuss the case. Don't be afraid to ask for identification. If you decide to speak about the case, tell the truth.

What Will Happen If I Fail To Appear?

If you fail to appear, you may be cited for contempt of court. An arrest warrant could be issued.

Where Can I Go If I Have Questions Or Need Help?

The U.S. Attorneys Office Staff will be glad to help in any way possible. If you have any problems or questions feel free to contact the office at 859-233-2661, and ask for Jenny Parker our Victim Witness coordinator.

Updated February 19, 2015

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