Witness expenses for going to court

Last updated: 4 June 2018

If you've been 'cited' to appear at court as a witness, you may be entitled to claim some expenses.

Being 'cited' means you've been sent an official letter – called a 'citation' – telling you to come to court and give evidence as a witness.

You can claim expenses for:

  • travelling to and from the court
  • meals
  • loss of income or earnings
  • childcare and other caring duties – like looking after a relative who is elderly or has disabilities
  • accompanying a vulnerable witness

Visit the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service website for more information on claiming expenses. This site has 4 booklets called 'Being a Witness', each for a different type of court. Choose the booklet for the type of court you're going to.