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 provided by the least expensive method, and a specific meal and lodging allowance if required to stay overnight. Once you receive a subpoena, you will talk with a Victim Witness Program staff member about arrangements. If specific contact information does not appear on your subpoena, a Victim Witness staff member can be reached at the numbers listed below for assistance.
The United States Attorney's Office understands that being a victim and/or witness in a federal case may cause concerns for your safety and/or the safety of your family. If an emergency arises, call 911 or your local emergency number to reach law enforcement immediately. 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 a member of our Victim Witness staff.