Definition of subpoena duces tecum in English:

subpoena duces tecum


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

    • ‘The second was a subpoena duces tecum in the course of other litigation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In civil cases (say, your average defamation case, or copyright infringement) they can just issue a subpoena duces tecum to the ISP.’
    • ‘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.’


Latin, literally under penalty you shall bring with you.


subpoena duces tecum

/səˌpiːnə djuːsiːz ˈtiːkəm/