What is a subpoena attachment, why has it become necessary?

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jrmullett1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A subpoena is a legal order issued by a judge, attorney, or other appointed agent of a court, such as a justice of the peace (depending upon the jurisdiction) that represents a mandate for appearance in court for various reasons.  The subpoena form includes space for duces tecum ("and bring with you") detail; alas, it is only a few mere lines, limiting the information which may be included.  As such, it often becomes necessary to include an "Attachment" to the form that adds more duces tecum detail, noting on the form "See Attachment" or similar language.