Plano, IL asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: when filling out a subpoena request form, who is the petitioner and who is the respondent?

If representing myself, do I list myself under attorney on subpoena request, or leave it blank?

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Brian Polinske
Brian Polinske
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Edwardsville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It sounds like your question is regarding a civil case since the terms petitioner and respondent are civil case terms. The defendant is the person charged in a criminal case. If you are representing yourself in a criminal case and desire a subpoena you need to prepare it and have the circuit clerk sign it. Then the subpoena needs to be served personally upon the witness you are seeking to compel to attend the court setting.

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