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- A court order requiring a person to appear at a trial or hearing for the purpose of testifying as a witness. Under the Sixth Amendment, a criminal defendant has the right to compulsory process, that is, the right to subpoena witnesses to testify for the defense at trial. The government may also subpoena witnesses for trial. A subpoena may also order a witness to bring to a trial or hearing certain documents which are relevant to the case.
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- Cross-examination, Direct examination, Financial Affidavit Form (CJA Form 23), Jencks Act materials, Leading question, Opening Statement, Overrule, Sustain, Testimony