The proverbial man in the street is forever complaining to the media that there is never any justice, or that only the wealthy get justice. Subpoena that man in the street to court, as a witness in a case, and he will howl and protest and make every story under the sun to avoid giving his testimony. Too many people don’t realise that the justice system depends on all of them and they prefer to listen to the radio, or watch TV (nobody seems to read anymore) and then call in to talk shows and mouth off about the justice system.
I must say I’ve had my fair share of abusive witnesses who have been subpoenaed to court in various clients’ cases, and who always say, even if they got the subpoena three months before the trial date, that they just cannot be there and in any event, they decide themselves that they are not needed for the trial. Making the courts work starts with everyone of us and it starts with doing your duty when you are called upon to testify.