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Definition of Subpoena
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:

 "Under penalty"

The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "Subpoena" is a written legal order from a court telling someone to come to court. In England it is also described as a 'Witness summons'. It is specifically called a 'subpoena ad testificandum'. It is a command to appear at court at a certain time to give testimony upon a certain matter. Non-attendance may be punishable as a contempt of court



This writ was invented by John Waltham during the reign of King Richard II of England. He served in the English government as keeper of the privy seal from 13881395 which gave him the power to survey the courts of chancery.

Lawyers or solicitors might use Latin legal terms such as "Subpoena" in their consultations. The reason for this is that the legal system used in Ancient Rome, who used the Latin language, had a strong influence on the legal systems of most countries in the western world.

There is a move to make legal Latin phrases more understandable and such reforms are being made in England which is why the term 'Witness summons' is now used.

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Quotes about "Subpoena"
Legal terms like "Subpoena" are used in courts by lawyers, attorneys and  judges and also feature in famous quotes:

Investors never like to see a company's name mentioned along side the term 'subpoena'.
Quote by Benjamin Schachter

The impact of the government subpoena is that people have been afraid. And just because the government is saying they won't look at personal info this time around, that doesn't mean they won't the next time.
Quote by Aden Fine



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