subpoena duces tecum

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subpoena du·​ces te·​cum | \ -ˌdü-səs-ˈtē-kəm How to pronounce subpoena duces tecum (audio) \

Definition of subpoena duces tecum

: a writ commanding a person to produce in court certain designated documents or evidence

First Known Use of subpoena duces tecum

1730, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subpoena duces tecum

New Latin, under penalty you shall bring with you

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“Subpoena duces tecum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subpoena%20duces%20tecum. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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subpoena duces tecum

noun
subpoena du·​ces te·​cum | \ -ˈdü-səs-ˈtē-kəm, -ˈdyü-, -sēz-; -ˈdü-kes-ˈtā-ˌku̇m How to pronounce subpoena duces tecum (audio) \

Legal Definition of subpoena duces tecum

: a subpoena that commands the production of specified evidence in a person's possession

Note: Unlike a search warrant, a subpoena duces tecum can be issued without a showing of probable cause.

History and Etymology for subpoena duces tecum

New Latin, under penalty you shall bring with you

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