Definition of Subpoena

1. Noun. A writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court.

Exact synonyms: Subpoena Ad Testificandum
Generic synonyms: Judicial Writ, Writ
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law



2. Verb. Serve or summon with a subpoena. "The witness and her records were subpoenaed"
Generic synonyms: Process, Serve, Swear Out

Definition of Subpoena

1. Noun. (legal) A writ requiring someone to appear in court to give testimony. ¹

2. Verb. To summon with a subpoena. ¹

3. Noun. (alternative spelling of subpoena#Noun subpoena) ¹

4. Verb. (alternative spelling of subpoena#Verb subpoena) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Subpoena

1. to summon with a type of judicial writ [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Subpoena

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise on the Practice of the Court of Chancery: With an Appendix of by John Sidney Smith (1842)
"i For what purpose subpoena issued, 110. Not to be sealed until bill filed, 110. ... Service of the subpoena, 114. The like to answer an amended bill, 116. ..."

2. A Treatise on the Law and Proceedings in Bankruptcy by Frank Olds Loveland (1912)
"204. The writ of subpoena. 205. In what case a subpoena is ... The return of the subpoena. 210. How to object to an irregularity of service of subpoena. ..."

3. Federal Equity Practice: A Treatise on the Pleadings Used and Practice by Thomas Atkins Street (1909)
"Issuance of subpoena. The subpoena is not issued from the clerk's office in any suit until the bill has first been filed.37 To obtain the issuance of a writ ..."

4. A Code of Federal Procedure: (Superseding Desty's Federal Procedure by Walter Malins Rose (1907)
"Mode of service of subpoena. § 972. Alias subpoena where original not executed. § 973. Service of subpoena to be by marshal or deputy or special appointee. ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence as Administered in England and Ireland by John Pitt Taylor (1887)
"If the witness be required to produce any documents, a clause to that effect is inserted in the writ, which is then termed a subpoena duces ..."

6. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"Section 2861 authorizes the issuance of subpoenas for witnesses, and requires a subpoena to state at whose request the witness is "summoned. ..."

7. The New Chancery Practice: Comprising All the Alterations Effected by the by Hubert Ayckbourn (1846)
"That I did, on the day of instant [or, "last"], personally serve the above-named defendant AB with a subpoena to appear [and answer], issuing out of and ..."

8. The General Principles of the Law of Evidence: In Their Application to the by Frank Sumner Rice (1894)
"subpoena, the Term Defined by Bouvier.—subpoena is "A process to cause a witness to ... On proof of service of a subpoena upon the witness, and that he is ..."

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