Comment: Subpoena vs Summons

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Subpoena vs Summons

What Is the Difference Between a Summons and a Subpoena? A subpoena and a summons are similar. Both give notice to someone about a court proceeding.

What is a summons? A summons is an official notice of a lawsuit. It is given to the person getting being sued, the defendant. If you sue someone, they need to be told about it so they can come to court and prepare to defend themselves. When you serve the defendant with a summons, you officially tell that you are suing them.

What is a subpoena? A subpoena is a court order. It requires someone to come to court, go to a deposition, or give documents or evidence to you. In a deposition, someone answers questions about a legal case, under oath. If you need a witness to come to court or give a deposition, you can serve them with a subpoena. You can also use a subpoena to get evidence from a person not involved in the lawsuit. You can also use a subpoena to get documents from a company.

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