Better And Better

If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Subpoena duces tecum

Hey, all you process servers and defense attorneys! Listen up:

If you want your witness to show up for court, and provide that valuable testimony and documents, don't piss him off.

Don't lie to him to get him to show up and be served.

Don't lie to him to get him to show up at court when he is served.

Don't serve subpeonas that don't follow the rules as outlined by your local jurisdiction.

Don't serve subpeonas one business day prior to your court date.

And don't drop off your bogus subpeonas and expect them to be served on your account.

While getting subpeona'd is a pain the arse, I don't dodge them. That said, I don't feel the need to teach defense attorneys how to do their job, either. Just because you put the word subpeona at the top of your paper, doesn't make it one that you can enforce.

That said, I'll dutifully show up in court to provide testimony, if I have to. It's part of the job.



At Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:59:00 AM, Blogger LauraB said...

I just love how they always seem to be scheduled for the rare off days, too...

At Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous Kristopher said...

Bad service screws up the defense as well as the witness.

Every personal traffic ticket I have fought, I have won ( and I have fought every last one of them since 1996 ) ... but one process server playing sewer service games would be enough to break that record.

At Friday, July 25, 2008 6:02:00 AM, Blogger John B said...

We had a landlord who thought he could just whip up his own eviction papers and skip the filing part. Hint: When you have 2 dozen tenants, who have spent more time in court each, than 24 randomly chosen other folks, (even if you randomly chose them IN a courtroom), It aint a good idea to hand them fake legal papers. A guy whose body contained more graffiti than the latrines in the Pusan PX, held his papers up and said, "Oooooh Toys" Said landlord got 18 sets of papers back, apparently 3 of 4 tenants at that place didn't BUY toilet paper.....

Betcha wish you could do that with some of those iffy subpoena's.


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