Overview

subpoena


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

A writ ordering a person to attend a court; originally, a writ issued by chancery ordering a person to answer a matter alleged against them. The word is recorded from late Middle English and comes from Latin sub poena (‘under penalty’), the first words of the writ.

Subjects: Social Sciences — Law.


Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »


Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.