Tuesday, March 2, 2010

what does it mean to be "subpoenaed" ?

Let's take a look at the definition of "subpoena" shall we? (Courtesy of Webster himself.)

"a writ commanding a person designated in it to appear in court under a penalty for failure"

I'm thinking that said "writ" must be given TO the designated person SO THAT he knows he is required to appear in court. I'm just saying, if you are commanding someone, it doesn't do any good to write it down and not give it to 'em, because then in that case you aren't commanding them. You are, well, just writing.

What's the point of this, you ask?

My husband was evidently subpoenaed for a case first thing in the morning tomorrow. He accidentally found out about it because another officer called and asked for a ride. The subpoena came while he was off last week and so he wasn't officially served. Hm. There goes his prime sleep time.

But we'll, er, I'll be happy to have the OT. ;)


Anonymous said...

They dont really "serve" Mr Deputy either they stick it in his box and its up to him to check his box everyday he is on shift. Which he does. Now he has a Blackberry and instantly puts them in his phone with reminders...lol Yea we have had a few missed court dates due to memory loss.

KD said...

Hmpf. Well, considering DH was on vacation when the subpeona came in, and he wasn't going to be back to work until AFTER he was commanded to appear... just seems like there is something a little off about that. sigh.