Subpoena duces tecum

A latin phrase meaning 'under penalty to bring with you'.

Subpoena duces tecum is a Latin phrase and is the name given to a writ, issued by the court, and which requires a person to provide certain specified documents or pieces of evidence. Subpoena ad testificandum is another type of writ which is issued by the court and requires that a person attends court as a witness to give evidence.

Failure to attend or provide the documents requested can be treated as a contempt of court and will incur a penalty.

They are, in effect, the same as any witness summons and, as such, they are legally binding court orders requiring someone to attend court and give evidence or produce documents.

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