Measure Implementation

Is this measure possible in your Member State under International Judicial Cooperation?

Yes, if specifically requested. Witness interviews in the UK are voluntary, are conducted by the police and are not ordinarily taken in court. However, the UK can arrange for witness to be summoned and for a statement to be sworn in court on behalf of a foreign jurisdiction. The provisions in UK domestic law state that a person charged with an offence cannot be compelled to give evidence in his own trial.

Legal Framework

International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters 1959 2000 EU Mutual Legal Assistance Convention

Competent Authority

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

England or Wales or Northern Ireland contact: UK Central Authority International Criminality Unit Home Office 3rd Floor Seacole Building 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF Scotland contact: International Co-operation Unit Crown Office 25 Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1LA Tax offences contact: HMRC Criminal Law Advisory Team HM Revenue and Customs Solicitor's Office Room 2E/10 100 Parliament Street London SW1A 2BQ If the request is accepted, the central authority will nominate the relevant court to receive the evidence and summon the witness if required.

Accepted languages

Accepted languages for the request/decision

All requests should be in English. If an English translation is not provided, is incomplete, or is not carried out to a high professional standard, the request will be sent back to the requesting authority.

Execution deadline

Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)


Concise legal practical information

Special requirements

a. Special requirements The following must be checked when dealing with a witness: Clear identification as to whether the witness is a suspect and what rights must be read to them; The subject consents to an interview/providing a statement; and/or If evidence is required on oath, a Magistrates Court must be nominated to receive the evidence. De minimis may be applied b. Other useful information The link below gives information for competent authorities abroad about obtaining evidence within the UK (or abroad) to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings:

Last reviewed on 29 July 2022 by EJN Secretariat


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