Media, PA asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Do you need a lawyer to subpoena a witness to court

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Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Exton , PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Depends on the court. The short answer is no, you can do anything an attorney can. The problem really lies in who you are subpoenaing. If its someone who shouldnt be subpoenad the judge may not enforce it. Additionally, if its a victim of the crime it could be viewed as harassment.

You can ask the clerk of courts what rules exist. Most counties charge a small fee for the subpoena. Some may require judicial approval.

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Steven Pacillio
Steven Pacillio
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Media, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: If you have an active case then either your lawyer, or you if you are representing yourself, can obtain a subpoena in that case. If you have an attorney representing you on your case, then the attorney is the one who should subpoena witnesses.

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