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I received notice on Saturday, April 28 that a hearing is scheduled

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I received notice on Saturday, April 28 that a hearing is scheduled for May 18. When someone is subpoenaed to testify in this case, how long before the scheduled hearing must they receive the subpoena?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Lawrence D. Gorin replied 5 years ago.
The law requires "reasonable notice." What is "reasonable" depends on specific facts and circumstances. No two cases are the same. If you are served and can "reasonably" get to the courthouse and be present at the time specified in the subpoena, there will of course be no problem. If you are unable to do so, and the party issue the subpoena wishes to pursue the matter through further court action (usually on the basis that there was an intentional and willful refusal to comply with the subpoena), it is possible that you might be required to appear before a judge and explain your failure to appear. This usually does not happen, although it is a possibility.

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