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Definitions from the Connecticut Judicial Branch - Common Legal Words:

  • Subpoena: A command to appear in court to testify as a witness.
  • Subpoena Duces Tecum: A legal paper requiring someone to produce documents or records for a trial.

Court Forms from the Connecticut Judicial Branch

Research Guides prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:

OLR Research Reports - Connecticut Office of Legislative Research:

    Pro Se Litigants 2011-R-0488
    You asked whether (1) statutes and court rules prohibit pro se litigants from obtaining subpoenas to discover evidence in civil cases while allowing represented parties to obtain and issue subpoenas...

    Compelling Witnesses to Come to Court - 2008-R-0397
    You asked how civil court compel witnesses to testify and what expenses are reimbursed.

Library Materials

The Judicial Branch law libraries hold a number of items that may be helpful when researching subpoenas, witnesses, depositions and evidentiary law.  Search the online catalog for availability and locations.

  • A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions, by Susan Kim, et al.

  • Library of Connecticut Civil Discovery Forms, a Publication of the Connecticut Law Tribune

  • Connecticut Trial Evidence Notebook, by Dale Faulkner, et al. (see Capias entry)

  • Connecticut Medical Malpractice: a Manual of Practice and Procedure, by Joyce Lagnese et al.

  • Tait's Handbook of Connecticut Evidence 5th Edition, by Tait and Prescott

  • Connecticut Evidence, by Holden and Daly (see Section 122b Witnesses - Presence in Court)

Selected Statutes:

Chapter 899 - Evidence

  • Sec. 52-143 Subpoenas for witnesses. Penalty for failure to appear and testify.

  • Sec. 52-144 Form of subpoena.

  • Sec. 52-148e Issuance of subpoena for taking of deposition. Deposition to be used in federal court or court of other state or foreign country. Objection to subpoena.

  • Sec. 52-155 Depositions before commissioner appointed by other jurisdiction. Compulsory process for witnesses.

  • Sec. 52-161a Subpoenaing of court reporter as witness.

  • Sec. 52-161b Subpoenaing of crime victim by pro se litigant. Court authorization required.

Chapter 961 - Trial and Proceedings after Conviction

  • Sec. 54-82i (Formerly Sec. 54-22). Attendance of witnesses in criminal proceedings.

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Connecticut Practice Book

  • Sec. 7-19. Issuing subpoenas for witnesses on behalf of self-represented litigants

  • Sec. 13-28. Persons before whom deposition taken; Subpoenas

  • Sec. 15-4. Medical evidence

  • Sec. 24-22. Hearings in small claims actions; Subpoenas

  • Sec. 32a-2. Hearing procedure; Subpoenas

  • Sec. 40-2. Criminal Matters - Good faith efforts and subpoenas

  • Sec. 40-44. Criminal Matters - Depositions; grounds

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