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Govind singh   26 December 2022

Expenses of witnesses in criminal trial

In criminal trials in the court of a magistrate, e.g., in dowry matters, unlike prosecution witnesses whose expenses (travel + Diet) are paid by government, is accused supposed to bear expenses of defense/his own witnesses in the states of Haryana/Punjab? Can experts plz guide on this. 

Thank you.



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SHIRISH PAWAR, 7738990900 (Advocate)     26 December 2022


Accused has to bear his expense himself. If he is unable to bear the expenses and fees to defend his case in that case he can apply for legal aid for free advocate to defend his case. 

Shashi Dhara   26 December 2022

If accused is unable to engage advocate he can submit it to court ,court will order to engage  free legal aid .

Dr J C Vashista (Advocate)     27 December 2022

The accused has to bear expenses for defence witness(es).throughout India.

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