What is a “stand-by” notice?

If you are a victim or witness to a crime, or the parent or guardian of a child victim, you may receive a “stand-by” notice. The “stand-by” system has been established by the District Attorney’s Office for the convenience of all witnesses to remain at home, school or work until they are actually needed to testify in a criminal trial. It is important that you telephone the District Attorney’s Office immediately upon receiving your notice to leave a telephone number where you can be reached on the day of the trial. If on the date of trial you are called to testify, you will need to proceed directly to the Bucks County Courthouse and check in at the District Attorney’s booth on the fourth floor. From the District Attorney’s Booth, you will be directed to the appropriate courtroom.

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1. What is a subpoena?
2. What is a “stand-by” notice?
3. Do I need to be present in court?
4. What is the purpose of bail?
5. Do I need an attorney?
6. Can I drop the charges against the offender?
7. What if I move or change my phone number before the trial?
8. What if the defendant or his family contacts me?
9. When will I get my restitution?
10. Where do I park?
11. What if I have a complaint about the way a criminal case was handled or think my rights have been violated?
12. How do I find out if the Courthouse is open when the weather is bad?