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Subpoena Duces Tecum

subpoena duces tecum n

[New Latin, under penalty you shall bring with you]
: a subpoena that commands the production of specified evidence in a person's possession NOTE: Unlike a search warrant, a subpoena duces tecum can be issued without a showing of probable cause.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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