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Idaho Criminal Rule 17. Subpoena


(a)  For Attendance of Witnesses, Form, Issuance. A subpoena must be issued by the clerk of the court or the judge, and must command each person to whom it is directed to attend and give testimony at the time and place specified in it. The clerk may issue a subpoena, signed and sealed, but otherwise in blank to a party requesting it who must fill in the blanks before it is served.


(b)  For Production of Documentary Evidence and of Objects. A subpoena may also command the person to whom it is directed to produce the books, papers, documents or other objects designated in it. The court, on motion, may quash or modify the subpoena if compliance would be unreasonable or oppressive. The court may direct that books, papers, documents or objects designated in the subpoena be produced before the court at a time prior to the trial or prior to the time when they are to be offered in evidence and may, on their production, permit the books, papers, documents or objects or portions of them to be inspected by the parties and their attorneys.


(c)  Service. A subpoena may be served by a peace officer, by the officer's deputy, or by any other person who is not a party and who is at least 18 years old. Service of a subpoena must be made by delivering a copy of it to the person named.


(d)  Place of Service.


(1)  In the State of Idaho. A subpoena requiring the attendance of a witness at a hearing or trial may be served at any place in the state of Idaho.


(2)  Outside the State of Idaho. A subpoena directed to a witness outside the state of Idaho must be issued under the circumstances and in the manner and be served as provided by law.


(3)  Prisoners or Persons in Confinement. A subpoena directed to a witness who is a prisoner or a person held in confinement must be issued and served as provided by law.


(e)  For Taking Deposition, Place of Examination. When an order has been entered by the district court authorizing the taking of a deposition, the clerk of must issue a subpoena requiring the attendance of the deponent witness. The deposition must be taken only in the county is which the deponent resides, is employed or conducts business in person, or at any other place as stated by the district court in the order.


(f)  Contempt. Failure by any person to obey a subpoena served on that person may be deemed a contempt of the court from which the subpoena issued.


(Adopted February 22, 2017, effective July 1, 2017.)


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Justice Robyn M. Brody
Justice Gregory W. Moeller
Justice Colleen D. Zahn
Justice Cynthia K.C. Meyer

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Judge Molly J Huskey
Judge Jessica M. Lorello
Judge Michael P. Tribe



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