Government Subpoena

By definition, a government subpoena is a court-issued writ with the authority to compel a witness’s testimony or order the production of evidence. Failure to comply can incur penalties. There are two primary types of government subpoena: i. subpoena ad testificandum: orders a person to testify in a legal proceeding ii. subpoena duces tecum; orders a person or organization to provide physical evidence for a legal proceeding.