subpoena (someone or something) to (do something)

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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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The subpoena, which seeks six years of personal and corporate financial records, may lead to troubling precedent and a sharp increase in broad subpoenas to accounting firms in all manner of cases.
Last Friday, I issued subpoenas to the Treasury Secretary and IRS Commissioner after they refused to comply with the law.
Neal said in a statement he issued the subpoenas to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig.
The full scope of the subpoenas to Deutsche Bank could not be determined.
"As part of Liberty Power's efforts to secure discovery to support its arguments that the named Plaintiffs do not have viable claims, it issued third-party subpoenas to Verizon, Cellco Parnership, Vonage, and Google, providers of telephone and email services used by Plaintiffs.
The change, he said, was needed to prevent lawyers from using subpoenas to obtain personal and confidential, and often irrelevant, information about a crime victim without notice to the State or the victim.
"You will be shielded by any effort by any other government official in any other part of the state of Texas from having subpoenas to try to pry into what you're doing here in your churches."
"The courts, through its court administrator, will send the subpoenas to PNP units concerned in the PNP identified website," the PNP said in a statement.
For instance, subpoenas to attorneys, (54) foreign corporations, (55) consumer credit reporting agencies, (56) and the media (57) are a few areas of potential concern which should be examined thoroughly before proceeding.
Most commonly used in serious accident cases, OSHA can also use subpoenas to obtain documents or testimony in routine inspection cases, as well as complaint-based inspections.
The problems with subpoenas to cloud computing data service
and shall be served in the same manner as subpoenas to appear and testify before the court.
Last month, Brown's office issued subpoenas to the same seven companies regarding their managed-care plans, known as HMOs.
Brian Oxman, Joe's lawyer, sent two subpoenas to the UCLA Medical Center.