Definition of subpoena duces tecum in English:

subpoena duces tecum

Syllabification: sub·poe·na du·ces te·cum
Pronunciation: /səˈpēnə ˈdo͞osēz ˈtēkəm


  • A writ ordering a person to attend a court and bring relevant documents.
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    • 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.
    • The second was a subpoena duces tecum in the course of other litigation.
    • 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.


Latin, literally 'under penalty you shall bring with you'.

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