who should pay for my court appearance as witness/
Thread poster: Peng Liu

Peng Liu
Local time: 09:19
Chinese to English
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Sep 21

I did some translation for an agency client last year and provided affidavit afterwards, as requested.
Today a court officer contacted me, asking me to go to local court to provide video evidence for a court hearing in Western Australia.
my question is - am I obliged to do this for free, if not, who should pay for my time, the agent, the individual client, local court or WA court?


Tina Vonhof
Local time: 16:19
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
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Just a guess Sep 22

I have never come across this situation, so I can only guess. You would be doing this for the benefit of the end client, so I would approach the agency first and get them to contact the end client. I wouldn't count on being successful but it may be worth a try.


United Arab Emirates
who should pay for my court appearance as witness/ Sep 22

Haven't encountered this one yet, if that happens I would seek advise from my agent where I got my lawyer


Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:19
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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The agency Sep 22

I am, actually, surprised they require a physical presence because of the current COVID-19 situation. I was in a similar situation a couple of weeks ago but they were happy for me to do it over the phone. It lasted 10 min., but I sent a bill for one hour (agreed beforehand).


Michael Newton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:19
Member (2003)
Japanese to English
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Court appearance as a witness Sep 23

When I have appeared as an expert witness in court, it has always been the client (whom I am supporting) who pays.


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