subpoena


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sub·poe·na

 (sə-pē′nə)
n.
An order issued under the authority of a court, commanding a person to appear in court on a particular date, usually to give testimony in a legal case.
tr.v. sub·poe·naed, sub·poe·na·ing, sub·poe·nas
To serve or summon with such a writ.

[Middle English suppena, from Medieval Latin sub poenā, under a penalty (from the opening words of the writ) : Latin sub, under; see sub- + Latin poenā, ablative of poena, penalty; see kwei- in Indo-European roots.]

subpoena

(səbˈpiːnə; səˈpiːnə)
n
(Law) a writ issued by a court of justice requiring a person to appear before the court at a specified time
vb, -nas, -naing or -naed
(Law) (tr) to serve with a subpoena
[C15: from Latin: under penalty]

sub•poe•na

or sub•pe•na

(səˈpi nə, səb-)

n., pl. -nas, n.
1. a writ to summon witnesses or evidence before a court.
v.t.
2. to serve with a subpoena.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin sub poenā under penalty (the first words of the writ)]

subpoena


Past participle: subpoenaed
Gerund: subpoenaing

Imperative
subpoena
subpoena
Present
I subpoena
you subpoena
he/she/it subpoenas
we subpoena
you subpoena
they subpoena
Preterite
I subpoenaed
you subpoenaed
he/she/it subpoenaed
we subpoenaed
you subpoenaed
they subpoenaed
Present Continuous
I am subpoenaing
you are subpoenaing
he/she/it is subpoenaing
we are subpoenaing
you are subpoenaing
they are subpoenaing
Present Perfect
I have subpoenaed
you have subpoenaed
he/she/it has subpoenaed
we have subpoenaed
you have subpoenaed
they have subpoenaed
Past Continuous
I was subpoenaing
you were subpoenaing
he/she/it was subpoenaing
we were subpoenaing
you were subpoenaing
they were subpoenaing
Past Perfect
I had subpoenaed
you had subpoenaed
he/she/it had subpoenaed
we had subpoenaed
you had subpoenaed
they had subpoenaed
Future
I will subpoena
you will subpoena
he/she/it will subpoena
we will subpoena
you will subpoena
they will subpoena
Future Perfect
I will have subpoenaed
you will have subpoenaed
he/she/it will have subpoenaed
we will have subpoenaed
you will have subpoenaed
they will have subpoenaed
Future Continuous
I will be subpoenaing
you will be subpoenaing
he/she/it will be subpoenaing
we will be subpoenaing
you will be subpoenaing
they will be subpoenaing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been subpoenaing
you have been subpoenaing
he/she/it has been subpoenaing
we have been subpoenaing
you have been subpoenaing
they have been subpoenaing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been subpoenaing
you will have been subpoenaing
he/she/it will have been subpoenaing
we will have been subpoenaing
you will have been subpoenaing
they will have been subpoenaing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been subpoenaing
you had been subpoenaing
he/she/it had been subpoenaing
we had been subpoenaing
you had been subpoenaing
they had been subpoenaing
Conditional
I would subpoena
you would subpoena
he/she/it would subpoena
we would subpoena
you would subpoena
they would subpoena
Past Conditional
I would have subpoenaed
you would have subpoenaed
he/she/it would have subpoenaed
we would have subpoenaed
you would have subpoenaed
they would have subpoenaed

subpoena

A writ issued by a court ordering a person to appear before it. To subpoena someone is to make the person the subject of such a writ.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subpoena - a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court
judicial writ, writ - (law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Verb1.subpoena - serve or summon with a subpoena; "The witness and her records were subpoenaed"
swear out, process, serve - deliver a warrant or summons to someone; "He was processed by the sheriff"
Translations
Ladungzwangsvorladen
kutsu

subpoena

[səbˈpiːnə] (Jur)
A. Ncitación f
to serve sb with a subpoena; serve a subpoena on sbenviar una citación a algn
B. VT [+ witness] → citar; [+ document] → reclamar como pruebas
to subpoena sb to do sthcitar a algn para hacer algo

subpoena

[səˈpiːnə]
vt [+ witness] → assigner à comparaître

subpoena

(Jur)
nVorladung f; to serve a subpoena on somebodyjdn vorladen
vt witnessvorladen; documentsunter Strafandrohung verlangen or fordern; he was subpoenaed to give evidenceer wurde als Zeuge vorgeladen

subpoena

[səbˈpiːnə] (Law)
References in classic literature ?
They'll be sure to subpoena me; I shall be bound to say that after the cry was heard each of you rushed into the room in a wild state and began quarrelling about a dagger.
No one ever had so complete an alibi; I could subpoena half Westminster.
But the Honest Man explained that as he was merely the agent of a company of other honest men it was none of his affair; and when the officers came to serve him with a subpoena he hid himself behind his back and wiled away the dragging hours of retirement and inaction by picking his own pockets.
'It's only a subpoena in Bardell and Pickwick on behalf of the plaintiff,' replied Jackson, singling out one of the slips of paper, and producing a shilling from his waistcoat pocket.
Pickwick, 'are these subpoenas served upon them, if not for this?'
Pickwick,' said Jackson, in conclusion; 'Perker's people must guess what we've served these subpoenas for.
Jackson seemed rather puzzled by Sam's proceedings; but, as he had served the subpoenas, and had nothing more to say, he made a feint of putting on the one glove which he usually carried in his hand, for the sake of appearances; and returned to the office to report progress.
"Joseph Rouletabille," said Maitre Henri Robert, "has not been regularly subpoenaed as a witness, but I hope, Monsieur President, you will examine him in virtue of your discretionary powers."
A judge was appointed; also clerks, a crier of the court, constables, sheriffs; counsel for the State and for the defendant; witnesses were subpoenaed, and a jury empaneled after much challenging.
and you would never have thought of bringing the business up before a court, hadn’t you been subpoenaed?”
You have seen them caught in the act, and you may expect to be subpoenaed as witness for the state when the trial comes off."