Definition of subpoena duces tecum in English:

subpoena duces tecum


  • A writ ordering a person to attend a court and bring relevant documents.

    • ‘Later, the father's attorney sends the doctor a subpoena duces tecum requiring the physician to appear at a deposition with the records, or to send the records with an affidavit if he doesn't care to take the day off uncompensated.’
    • ‘In civil cases (say, your average defamation case, or copyright infringement) they can just issue a subpoena duces tecum to the ISP.’
    • ‘When the original of a document is in the possession of a stranger to the litigation, the proper course for the party desiring to prove the contents of the document is to serve the stranger with a subpoena duces tecum.’
    • ‘It held that the First Amendment did not permit the Society of Jesus of New England to quash - that is, resist the enforcement of - a subpoena duces tecum.’
    • ‘The second was a subpoena duces tecum in the course of other litigation.’


Latin, literally ‘under penalty you shall bring with you’.


subpoena duces tecum

/səˌpiːnə djuːsiːz ˈtiːkəm/