Discovery Elements | Maryland Subpoena Power

Maryland Subpoena
Discovery is the process of gathering documents and information leading up to a trial. One of the most important elements of discovery, in your family litigation toolkit, is the subpoena. By using a subpoena, you and your attorney can obtain the vital information you’ll need to build your case.

What is a Subpoena in Montgomery County, Maryland and Prince George’s County, Maryland?

Although the exact definition of a subpoena may vary by state, in Maryland, a subpoena is a court order compelling a witness to testify or to provide documents for testimony. The subpoena usually requires you to appear at a certain place, date, and time to testify as a witness regarding a particular case. In Maryland, clerks of each court can issue subpoenas to attorneys. Once issued, the attorney will complete the subpoena, and have the subpoena properly served.

Who can serve a subpoena in Maryland?

  • a county sheriff
  • Process Service
  • Certified Mail
  • Anyone over the age of 18 who isn’t party to the case

Who Can You Serve a Maryland Subpoena? 

If an individual, company, or public agency has information you believe could be useful to your case, you can subpoena them for records or subpoena them to testify.

In Maryland, you can subpoena the following entities:

  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • Hospitals
  • Companies
  • Local public entities
  • State of Maryland
  • Municipal agencies
  • United States

What Are The Types of Maryland Subpoenas?

Attorneys will exercise their subpoena power for a variety of reasons. During the discovery process an attorney will serve a subpoena in order to require witnesses to testify at trial or deposition, or to provide documents. A typical subpoena can require the production of a number of relevant documents, including  accounting records, bank records, employment records, medical records, tax information, or phone records.

Do You Need a Lawyer to Issue a Maryland Subpoena?

Although it is possible to request that a clerk issue a subpoena for you, having an attorney handle your subpoena demand can significantly reduces the opportunities for making an error. Frequently, an attorney can also help you find someone to serve the subpoena for you, since you cannot serve a subpoena for a case when you are a party.

Without the power to subpoena witnesses and businesses, you might not have the information you need to fully present your case. An experienced attorney will have a clear understanding of your subpoena power options, and will work with you to effectively obtain the information you need.

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