A subpoena is a legally authorized document that requires an individual’s appearance in court and/or the production of records and may be issued in a criminal case or civil lawsuit.
UTA Related Subpoenas
If you receive a subpoena in your capacity as a UTA employee, UTA’s Office of Legal Affairs needs to see the subpoena immediately. There are strict legal deadlines for responding to subpoena’s and UTA could be penalized for failing to timely respond. Typically, UTA related subpoenas are for the production of documents such as student records, departmental documents, or research related work. If you are unsure whether your subpoena is UTA related, please err on the side of caution and forward it to UTA’s Office of Legal Affairs for review. You may forward the documents either by hand delivery to Suite 246, University Administration Building or scan and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you receive a subpoena in your personal capacity, UTA does not need to see your subpoena and the Office of Legal Affairs does not provide legal advice on personal matters. Typically, someone receives a subpoena in their personal capacity because they are a witness to a crime or civil dispute. If you have questions about why you are receiving the subpoena, you should contact the attorney who issued the subpoena. There are state and federal rules that govern the proper issuance and service of subpoenas. If you desire to challenge the subpoena, you should seek legal advice from a private lawyer. Do not ignore the subpoena as you could face legal consequences such as being held in contempt of court and fined.