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subpoena

(səpē`nə) [Lat.,=under penalty], in law, an order to a witness to appear before a court. A subpoena ad testificandum [Lat.,= to testify under penalty], the technical term denoting an ordinary subpoena, is a command for an individual to appear at a particular time and place to testify on a specific matter. A subpoena duces tecum [Lat.,=bring with you under penalty] requires a witness to produce at trial books, personal papers, or other material relevant to a judicial proceeding. Failure to obey a subpoena constitutes contemptcontempt,
in law, interference with the functioning of a legislature or court. In its narrow and more usual sense, contempt refers to the despising of the authority, justice, or dignity of a court.
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 of court, though subpoenas can be challenged.

subpoena

a writ issued by a court of justice requiring a person to appear before the court at a specified time
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The Judge said that Metuh's failure to serve the former President with the witness summons through substituted means was intended to delay proceedings on the matter.
Witness summons received on behalf of the Scottish courts do not identify the nature of the offence and so the officer does not know what that summons refers to."
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He asked magistrates to adjourn the case so that a witness summons could be issued.
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