“Warning, Warning Dr. Smith”, or in this case Dr. Hsiadogah (line stolen from old 60’s sci-fi show Lost in Space).
First, attorneys in Taiwan do not have the authority to issue summons or subpoenas. (it is not like the U.S.). By odd coincidence all last week in all my classes we were right on this topic.
So if you got a “real” summons (beware of imitations, that is not a joke, many local attorneys will send out what appear to be official summons but are in fact nothing more than “invitations” ) it had to be issued by a prosecutor or the judge. In either one of those events make sure before you bother booking a flight/hotel that you are going to get paid and that they really need you and that they need you enough to compel your attendance if you are not disposed to “volunteer” your time.
I find it very, very odd that you are being summoned to appear in person as an expert. None of my judge students have ever called an expert in to talk/testify/chat (in Taiwan those three things are the same) in person. What is normal is for the judge to call you (ring you up in U.K-talk) and discuss the matter over the phone. If they need something written from you or want you to look at some physical thing that is usually done via postal mail or messenger. The same is equally true for my prosecutor students; their experts testify over the phone or via email. Shit the cops don’t even bother coming to court, why should an esteemed expert.
If you simply want to have an adventure on some other part of Formosa then sure just go when and where the summons says and see how things unfold. But if you do not have time or the inclination to mess with it then give whoever sent you this summons a call and tell them you need other arrangements made. Be firm with them that you are not at their beck and call. Also remember cash in advance and never believe “oh you will get paid after you fill out the forms”. That ranks right in their with such other famous assurances as: the check is in the mail and I wont cum in your mouth.
Good luck on your court adventure.
Brian the Process Server