Yes. The defendant must be present in court to hear what all witnesses have to say about him/her.
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You may bring friends or relatives with you to court, and they can probably sit in the courtroom while you testify, unless they are also witnesses. A victim/witness assistant may also be with you, at your request, for support purposes.
Your courtroom time, actually testifying, may not take very long. Most of your time will probably be spent simply waiting for your turn to take the witness stand. You are encouraged to bring a book or magazine to read while you wait.
The Victim/Witness Office will make every attempt to contact you if you do not have to attend a court event. You may call 434-455-3789 after 5 pm the evening before your scheduled appearance for "after-hours" docket information to determine whether or not you need to appear in court the following day.