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Hello. When a person receives a summons to appear in court, it means that they HAVE to appear or they risk a "bench warrant" to bring them to court and find out why they did not appear. It could be for many reasons, maybe you are a witness to something, maybe you could provide valuable testimony, etc. I have pasted a website below for you to view in reference to writ of summons and cert.of discovery. I hope this has been helpful. --- CJShanna3
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MegaLawSERVE -- Maryland Rules of Civil Procedure
Can you give me some specifics of the case? Hostile or not, depending on the case, a spouse does not have to testify against their spouse in a criminal trial. Civil trials are different on many levels. Let me know a little more about this case and your role in it and I will be able to help you better. Thanks. --- CJShanna3
Thanks for the additional information. This is a very tricky and complicated situation. There are many factors to take into consideration. Under Maryland Law, a spouse is entitled to keep any communications with their spouse private, thus, making them an incompetent witness to any court case. Now this can be disputed if you were either separated when this communication occurred, the communication was not considered to be a private matter, or you wish to add your input. As the spouse, you have the right to either waive your testimony or exercise your right. If you were separated during this time that your spouse gave you any incriminating evidence, you may be forced to testify. If you have the money to retain a lawyer to simply represent you long enough to try to exempt you from this proceeding, I would recommend doing so, if anything, for the sake of harmony. Depending on any of the above I have mentioned, you may be forced to still testify unless you were actively married at the time any evidence was disclosed to you. I have pasted a site below that will help you better understand your rights. Good luck to you. --_ CJShanna3
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