This brochure was written by the Texas Young Lawyers Association for lawyers, but is reproduced here to provide information to get you started. If you received a subpoena, contact an attorney for help. Use the Legal Help Directory or Ask a Question to find assistance.
How to Respond to a Subpoena: Ask a Lawyer
If you received a subpoena from a Texas civil court, call a lawyer and ask about your legal obligations as soon as possible.
TYLA created this brochure 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.
What is a subpoena?
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:
- the person or entity that is to testify;
- the person or entity that is the custodian of the documents that are to be produced, or
- the person or entity that possesses the property that is to be inspected in a particular case.
The rules governing subpoenas, and the responses, differ slightly based upon whether the case is criminal or civil and whether the case is in Texas state or federal court.
About the TYLA Civil Subpoena Brochure
The brochure, available below, provides more information about civil subpoenas, including:
- Rules governing subpoenas
- Their purpose
- Their requirements, and
- Possible objections (ways to not answer) to a subpoena.