A subpoena is a letter that tells a person they must:
- come to court and testify, or
- deliver written evidence to a court or other legal proceeding.
A subpoena must be notarized. See What if I have to have something notarized?
Why would I use a subpoena?
You can use a subpoena to:
- Make someone attend a hearing and
- testify, or
- bring written evidence to help your case.
The person you subpoena is a witness. Written evidence you can subpoena are records like: bank statements, photos, phone records, payroll records, and medical records.
- Make a record keeper deliver records to the court. Records you can subpoena are documents like business records and medical records.