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You Received A Subpoena – What Does It Mean?

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Apr 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

Florida personal injury lawyer, Guy S. DiMartino, explains what you need to know about subpoenas.

You open your door and there is a process server that hands you a document or you open a certified letter and there is a formal document titled “ SUBPOENA ”.  What does it mean? What should you do?

What is a Subpoena?

A subpoena is a court document that is either issued by the Clerk of the Court or a Lawyer (an officer of the Court) requiring testimony (ad testificandum), documents (duces tecum) or both. The Latin roots of the word are “sub” and “poena”, which means “under penalty.”  That is the first thing that you need to understand – you have to comply with the subpoena.

What should you do?

When you receive the subpoena – read it carefully. If the subpoena requires the production of documents – spend a few minutes and determine if you have the documents in your possession. If you have questions about whether you should turn over the documents, check with a local lawyer. If the subpoena requires your presence in court, a hearing or deposition, you should contact the issuing party (name and number will be on the document) to discuss the logistics of your appearance.

DO NOT disregard the subpoena.  It is a court document and if you are properly served and you fail to comply with the subpoena, there is a chance you can be held in contempt of court. Contempt of Court can cost you time, money or both.

Click here to see an example of Subpoena Trial

Click here to see an example of Subpoena Duces Tecum

If you have any questions about a Florida subpoena, you can give me a call at (352) 267-9168 or fill out the internet consultation form on the right hand side of the screen.

About the Author

Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and lifes passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a ...


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