New Illinois Subpoena Law

Illinois lawyers can now issue subpoenas on their own. Sweet!

On a semi-related note, has anyone noticed the wide variety with which people pronounce the words “subponea duces tecum?”

  • Subpoena (sometimes sup-peeny for the southern lawyers)
  • Duces (dooses, deuces, duchess, dookes, etc)
  • Tecum (tay-kum, teachem, teesum, teekum)

It’d be nice if at least all lawyers agreed to pronounce this the same way, so if we bastardize the Latin, we do it uniformly.

(Howard Zimmerle is an attorney in the Quad City area, and is looking forward to having subpoena power).



Filed under Illinois law, Legal News

8 responses to “New Illinois Subpoena Law

  1. Pingback: Illinois Personal Injury & Work Comp Blog » New Illinois Subpoena Law

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  3. Christian Baril

    Nice article, how about we just start using english?

  4. stanley f. kaplan

    Can you subpoena a trial judge for a deposition in a case when you are seeking a substitution of judges?

  5. In Illinois, under 735 ILCS 5/2-1001, you have the absolute right to substitute one judge. If you’re working on a second judge, without researching the issue I don’t think you can depose him/her. 2-1001(3)(iii) states that “the judge named in the petition need not testify…” Likewise, I’m not sure it’s a good idea even if you could do it.

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