subpoena(redirected from Subpena)
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Etymology: L, sub + poena, penalty
(in law) a document from a court commanding that a person appear at a certain time and place to testify on a specific matter. Subpoenas are governed by federal rules for criminal and civil procedures.
A court order that requires a person to come to court or appear at a specific time and place to give testimony. Failure to appear can result in punishment by the court.
n the process or writ issued by the court requiring the attendance of a witness at a certain time and place for testimony. It also may order him or her to bring books, records, or other relevant items as evidence.
subpoena duces tecum,
n a subpoena commanding a person to bring books, papers, records, or other items to the court.