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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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Attorney's Office subpoenaing officials and contracting records at three major city departments as part of a federal grand jury investigation, the Daily News learned.
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Since Selikoff refused to appear as a witness in the case, the Reynolds lawyers didn't know how they could probe the validity of Selikoff's published findings short of subpoenaing the raw data behind them: some 324 linear feet of material stored in 97 file-cabinet drawers and 250 bound volumes, according to Mount Sinai.