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What is a subpoena?

A subpoena is a document issued from court which commands the person named to come to court to give testimony on the appointed date, on pain of imprisonment.  “Subpoena” literally means “under penalty”.  Anyone with relevant evidence, including the Prime Minister of Canada, can be put under subpoena to appear in court.  The recipient of a subpoena can move to have it struck, and the courts are vigilant not to allow abuse of the subpoena power.