What do I do if I am served with a subpoena for a university-related legal action?

A subpoena is an order of the court, which may command you to appear “at or by” a specified date, time and location. When presented with a subpoena for a work-related issue, the first action you should take is to refer the courier to the Office of the General Counsel for the purpose of accepting the subpoena (referred to as “accepting the service”). If you have already accepted service of the subpoena, you should immediately contact the Office of the General Counsel.

The most common subpoenas you may encounter in the workplace are:

  • Subpoena ad testificandum — a subpoena ordering the addressee to appear as a witness and give testimony in a matter.

  • Subpoena duces tecum — a subpoena ordering the addressee to appear and to bring specific documents or records.

Because of the time sensitive nature of all subpoenas, it is important to ensure that General Counsel receives the subpoenas as soon as possible. If you send the subpoena via campus mail, you should contact the office first to notify staff that the subpoena is on the way. Do not ignore a subpoena, even if it addresses something you are unfamiliar with or asks for documents you don’t have. Failure to respond to a subpoena in a timely manner can result in a charge of contempt of court for the addressee or other legal consequences for the university.

The Office of the General Counsel is located in the Executive Offices on the second floor of the Library. For additional information, contact 330-672-2982.

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