witness to show up at trial. The rules of civil procedure are invoked. In small claims the court has discretion on whether or not to allow a witness to appear by phone. However I couldn't find anything in the civil rules about whether or not a judge has discretion to allow the plaintiff's sole witness to appear by phone. I thought I had the right to cross examine the witness at trial and it was important for the witness to appear at trial because that way the judge or jury could see his mannerism, facial expressions etc.. is this not true. Can you please give me some direction as to whether it is a rule of evidence or procedure on forcing a sole witness to appear at trial or is there some case where the judge has ruled that the plaintiff has to appear at trial.
Thank you so much.