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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE A SUBPOENA

  1. Read the Subpoena thoroughly.
  2. Find your court date. It is located almost half way down the subpoena. This is the date you are to appear in Taney County to testify regarding the case stated at the top of the subpoena. Example: State v. Sally Smith.
  3. After 5:15 p.m. the night before your court date call the docket line, 417-546-7264, to see whether or not you still need to show up for court.
  4. If the case name which appears at the top of your subpoena is announced on the docket line, you do not need to come to court. Example: if State v. Sally Smith is announced you do NOT need to come to court. If the name of the case you were subpoenaed on is not announced on the docket line you DO NEED TO COME TO COURT.
  5. What to wear for court: proper court attire includes long pants, no graphic tees, no flip flops and no hats.
  6. Arrive at the courthouse 15-30 minutes early so that the prosecutor handling your case can talk to you about your testimony.
  7. Check in with the prosecutor’s office, which is located on the first floor of the courthouse.
  8. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR, YOU MAY BE HELD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT AND THE JUDGE MAY SEND THE SHERIFF OUT TO ARREST YOU AND BRING YOU TO COURT.
  9. If the case for which you are subpoenaed is continued to a different time or date you must appear at that time. The subpoena remains in effect until the case is concluded or the judge tells you, you no longer need to be at court under subpoena.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR SUBPOENA PLEASE CONTACT THE VICTIM WITNESS OFFICE AT (417) 546-7263.