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FAMILY LAW RULES 2004 - RULE 15.17

Issuing a subpoena

             (1)  Subject to rule 22.34, the court may issue:

                     (a)  a subpoena for production;

                     (b)  a subpoena to give evidence; or

                     (c)  a subpoena for production and to give evidence.

          (1A)  A subpoena mentioned in subrule (1) must be in the approved form.

             (2)  Subject to rule 15.21, the court will issue a subpoena mentioned in subrule (1) at the request of a party only if:

                     (a)  the party has requested permission from the court; and

                     (b)  the court has granted permission.

Note:          A request for permission should generally be made at a court event.

             (3)  For subrule (2), a request for the court's permission:

                     (a)  may be made orally or in writing;

                     (b)  may be made without giving notice to any other parties; and

                     (c)  may be determined in chambers in the absence of the other parties.

          (3A)  A party must not request the issue of a subpoena for production and to give evidence if production would be sufficient in the circumstances.

             (4)  A subpoena must identify the person to whom it is directed by name or description of office.

             (5)  A subpoena may be directed to 2 or more persons if:

                     (a)  the subpoena is to give evidence only; or

                     (b)  the subpoena requires each named person to produce the same document (rather than the same class of documents).

             (6)  A subpoena for production:

                     (a)  must identify the document to be produced and the time and place for production; and

                     (b)  may require the named person to produce the document before the date of the trial.

             (7)  A subpoena to give evidence must specify the time and place at which the person must attend court to give evidence.

             (8)  A subpoena for production and to give evidence must:

                     (a)  identify the document to be produced; and

                     (b)  specify the time and place at which the person must attend court to produce the document and give evidence.



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