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subpoena (someone or something) to (do something)

To issue a formal legal order under authority of a court of law commanding a person to appear at court or do something in court. His life could be in danger if the mob finds out he's been subpoenaed to testify. I didn't even know that I had been given a speeding ticket until I was subpoenaed to appear in court and pay the fine I owed.
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subpoena someone to do something

to formally deliver a document forcing someone to do something for a legal process. The attorney subpoenaed a number of witnesses to testify. I subpoenaed four witnesses to appear but none of them showed up.
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Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque expects the PNP to reserve its subpoena powers only in "extreme circumstances".
Malacanang, however, said that the PNP would use its subpoena power sparingly.
On the other hand, the subpoena duces tecum, aside from the purpose and nature of the inquiry and the name of the addressee, 'shall also contain a reasonable description of the books, documents or things demanded which must be relevant to the investigation.
When a signed authorization to release form is included with the subpoena, the SAP should release only the relevant and the minimum necessary information, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
The subpoenas seek documents related to "corporate and employee records, generic pharmaceutical products and pricing," and the company's "communications with competitors and others" related to the sale of generic products.
Changes in subpoena rules may also be in the works for the Senate, although traditions of bipartisanship are much deeper in that body.
Under Rule 17(c)(1) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, a subpoena duces tecum (a subpoena for documents) "command[s] the person to whom it is directed to produce the books, papers, documents or other objects designated therein.
Contact your risk adviser regarding any subpoenas for assistance with evaluating the underlying litigation and the obligation to comply.
Part II of this article outlines the legislative background which led Congress to authorize the subpoena duces tecum at an Article 32 investigation.
The law bans wording in subpoenas that implies they are from a government entity and gives the attorney general the power to impose fines against the worst offenders.
The subpoena requests documents relating to Benicar, Benicar HCT and Azor, prescription medications approved for the treatment of hypertension.
In continuing education courses for agents and brokers, I often have referred to a subpoena as "your invitation to become a defendant.
Companies may receive subpoenas or deposition notices as part of the discovery process in cases that are already in court, litigation that does not yet involve the entity receiving the subpoena or deposition notice.
Besides, even if Wilenchik had notified the court and the grand jury after issuing the subpoenas, that wouldn't have opened the door for oversight because each would have just been told that a subpoena had been issued and not what it sought, Assistant County Attorney Sally Wells earlier told the judge.
4) Additionally, the MFCU can subpoena witnesses or materials, including medical records relating to Medicaid recipients, within or outside the state, and through any duly designated employee, administer oaths and affirmations and collect evidence for possible use in either civil or criminal judicial proceedings.