sub·poe·na 1 also sub·pe·na /sə-'pē-nə/ n [Latin sub poena under penalty]: a writ commanding a designated person upon whom it has been served to appear (as in court or before a congressional committee) under a penalty (as a charge of contempt) for failure to comply compare summons
subpoena 2 also subpena vt -naed, -na·ing: to call before a court or hearing by a subpoena
the inspector is given the power to subpoena any relevant...witnessesHarvard Law Review; also: to command the production of (evidence) by a subpoena duces tecum
subpoenaed documents

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

I noun call, citation, command, command to appear, demand, denuntiatio testimonii, directive, imperative, instruction, invocation, judicial imperative, legal mandate, legal process, mandate, notification, order, order to appear, order to appear in court, process, request, requirement to attend, summons, writ associated concepts: information subpoena, judicial subpoena, subpoena ad testificandum, subpoena duces tecum II verb beckon, call for the presence of, call forth, call out, call to witness, call with authority, command to appear, compel attendence, demand, denuntiatio testimonii, direct, direct the attendance of, issue a command, issue a court directive, issue a writ, issue process, notify to appear, order, order to appear, require compliance, require to attend, send for, summon, summon to court associated concepts: subpoena a witness, subpoena before a jury, subpoena records, subpoena to a Grand Jury III index call (summon), charge (command), citation (charge), direction (order), monition (legal summons), process (summons), serve (deliver a legal instrument), summon, venire, warrant (judicial writ)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

An official court document ordering a person to appear in court or at a judicial proceeding at a specified time; also called subpoena ad testificandum.

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

a term no longer in use in England and Wales for an order to a person to appear in court on a certain day to give evidence or produce a document.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A court order issued at the request of a party requiring a witness to testify, produce specified evidence, or both. A subpena can be used to obtain testimony from a witness at both depositions (testimony under oath taken outside of court) and at trial. Failure to comply with the subpena can be punished as contempt of court.
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See: subpena
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A writ commanding a person or entity to produce documents (or other tangible items) or to provide testimony. Disregarding a subpoena may result in monetary sanctions and other penalties. Subpoenas may be issued by courts, government agencies and attorneys admitted in the US.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 n. Latin Under penalty. A writ issued by a court commanding a person to appear, with penalties that attach for failure to comply.
2 v. The act of sending a subpoena to a witness or other person to secure his attendance and testimony at trial or other proceeding (such as deposition); generally, subpoenas are obtained and sent out by the lawyers, rather than directly by the court.
@ subpoena ad testificandum
The most common type of subpoena, ordering a witness to testify.
@ subpoena duces tecum
Issued at the request of one of the parties to a lawsuit, ordering a witness to appear and bring relevant documents to the hearing.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

(Latin: Under penalty.)
A formal document that orders a named individual to appear before a duly authorized body at a fixed time to give testimony.

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

[Latin, Under penalty.] A formal document that orders a named individual to appear before a duly authorized body at a fixed time to give testimony.
II A command to appear at a certain time and place to give testimony upon a certain matter. III Under penalty; a document to cause a witness to appear under penalty if he should not do so.

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

   the original spelling of subpena, still commonly used.
   See also: subpena, subpena duces tecum

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • subpoena — Law ► NOUN ▪ a writ ordering a person to attend a court. ► VERB (subpoenas, subpoenaed or subpoena d, subpoenaing) ▪ summon with a subpoena. ORIGIN from Latin sub poena under penalty (the first words of the writ) …   English terms dictionary

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  • Subpoena — Sub*p[oe] na, n. [NL., fr. L. sub under + poena punishment. See {Pain}.] (Law) A writ commanding the attendance in court, as a witness, of the person on whom it is served, under a penalty; the process by which a defendant in equity is commanded… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • subpoena — (n.) early 15c., sub pena, from M.L. sub poena under penalty, the first words of the writ commanding the presence of someone under penalty of failure, from L. sub under (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + poena, ablative of poena penalty (see PENAL (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

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