Responding to a Texas CIVIL Subpoena
Your client has just received a subpoena from a Texas civil court in a case in which she is not a party. She calls you and inquires about what her legal obligations are. Have you received a similar call? If so, then you have come to the right place. TYLA has created this guide to assist Texas lawyers in advising their clients about what subpoenas are, their duty to respond, and how best to respond to a subpoena issued to them by a Texas state or federal civil court.
A subpoena is an order from a court that commands a person or entity to appear in person or to produce documents at a required place and time.
Subpoenas are issued to persons or entities that are not parties to a lawsuit by the court with jurisdiction over:
(1) the person or entity that is to testify;
(2) the person or entity that is the custodian of the documents that are to be produced, or
(3) the person or entity that possesses the property that is to be inspected in a particular case. The rules governing subpoenas, and the responses thereto, differ slightly based upon whether the case is criminal or civil and whether the case is in Texas state or federal court.
The full article, available at the link below tells you more information about CIVIL subpoenas including:
- Rules of subpoenas
- Their purpose
- Their requirements and
- Possible objections (ways to not answer) to a subpoena.
- Click HERE for the full article.
This article tells you about civil subpoenas, including what they are and what to do if you need to respond to one. This article was written for lawyers, but is reproduced here to provide as much information as possible to help you. If you recieved a subpoena it is a good idea to contact an attorney for help.