A subpoena duces tecum (pronounced ) (or subpoena for production of evidence) is a court summons ordering the recipient to appear before the court and produce documents or other tangible evidence for use at a hearing or trial.
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English to English translation of Subpoena duces tecum
An order, usually of a notary public, issued to a party or non-party to a case, to attend a legal proceeding such as a trial or deposition. If documents also are requested, the subpoena is called a subpoena duces tecum, Latin for "bring with you." See also Discovery; Pretrial Discovery.
A writ or process of the same kind as the subpoena ad testificandum, including a clause requiring the witness to bring with him and produce to the court, books, papers, etc., in his hands, tending to elucidate the matter in issue.
This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.