Thursday, July 28, 2011

Vocab 8: What new words I learn from the "news" today?

Hi folks,

Here's new word I learn from the "news" today?

The Opposition Leader stated in his affidavit that his lawyer S.N. Nair received a letter dated July 18 from police that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and senior police officer Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Rodwan Mohd Yusof did not want to be interviewed but would be present in court if subpoenaed.
(Source: TheStarOnline)

A subpoena (play /sə(b)ˈpnə/) is a writ by a government agency, most often a court, that has authority to compel testimony by a witness or production of evidence under a penalty for failure. There are two common types of subpoena:

  1. subpoena ad testificandum orders a person to testify before the ordering authority or face punishment. The subpoena can also request the testimony to be given by phone or in person.
  2. subpoena duces tecum orders a person or organization to bring physical evidence before the ordering authority or face punishment. This is often used for requests to mail copies of documents to requesting party or directly to court.


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