compulsory process

compulsory process
compulsory process n: process served on witnesses to compel their testimony for the defense at trial
◇ A criminal defendant has a constitutional right to compulsory process.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

compulsory process
n.
A court’s use of subpoena, arrest, or attachment to force a person to appear in court; a defendant’s constitutional right to force witnesses to appear and testify at trial.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


compulsory process
n. The right of a defendant to utilize the subpoena power to compel the appearance of favorable witnesses at trial. In civil actions, the right is established by statute and, in some states, by the state constitution. In criminal cases, it is established by the due process clause of the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution. In some cases, the right is also available during hearings or investigations conducted by an administrative agency or a legislative committee.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


compulsory process
The method employed by which a person wanted as a witness, or for some other purpose, in a civil or criminal action is forced to appear before the court hearing the proceeding.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


compulsory process
The method employed by which a person wanted as a witness, or for some other purpose, in a civil or criminal action is forced to appear before the court hearing the proceeding.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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