subpoena

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subpoena

(sŭ-pē′nă)
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.
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The witness summons was then posted through the restaurant door.
Mr Justice McLaughlin issued a warrant for the arrest of Newtownabbey Borough's deputy lord mayor yesterday after he refused to answer a witness summons.
The 21-year-old, from St Ives, Cornwall, had previously been served with a witness summons to give evidence in a case at Truro Crown Court and after ignoring the order, a warrant was issued for her arrest for contempt of court.
Leah Sumray - who had her big National Lottery win in October - ignored a witness summons and went to the Canary islands instead of attending Truro Crown Court in Cornwall.
A witness summons had already been issued against that complainant, who was the subject of the first three charges, but he still refused to attend, and Mr Cooke said: "We are not inclined to take any more heavy-handed measures to get him to court, so we will proceed with a case which involves only one complainant."
Siner, who claimed she was threatened five times about coming to court refused to sign a witness summons and disappeared.
He said, 'If I don't have a letter from him by Monday I will issue a witness summons for him to attend personally in court.'
"The complainant himself and one other important witness for the prosecution failed to attend court even though a witness summons had been served on them.
Magistrates also issued a witness summons compelling the complainant to attend for Muchmore's trial.
But the High Court heard yesterday Mr Leckey is prepared to issue a witness summons - regardless of how effective it proves to be.
He said: "He's been brought here today on a witness summons but says there is no way he will enter the witness box."