Subpoenas in New York Toolkit

Resources to assist counsel in issuing and responding to subpoenas in New York. Specifically, this Toolkit offers resources explaining the different types of subpoenas available, the applicable rules, how to draft and serve a subpoena, how to respond to a subpoena, and how to enforce a subpoena.

Practical Law Litigation

Subpoenas are often used by litigants to obtain documents or testimony from a non-party. A New York subpoena:

  • Subjects the non-party to the jurisdiction of the New York court from which the subpoena is issued.

  • Requires the non-party to provide testimony, produce documents, or give information under penalty of contempt for disobedience.

This Toolkit offers resources for both issuing and responding to subpoenas. For issuing attorneys, the resources provide guidance on:

  • The different types of subpoenas.

  • When to use a subpoena.

  • The scope of subpoenas.

  • The authority to issue a subpoena.

  • The territorial limits of a New York subpoena.

  • Drafting a subpoena.

  • Serving a subpoena.

  • Enforcing a subpoena.

This Toolkit also offers resources on the considerations in responding to a subpoena, including:

  • The requirements for complying with a subpoena.

  • The available objections to a subpoena.

  • Making motions to quash, condition or modify a subpoena, or for a protective order.

  • The consequences of disobeying a subpoena.


Practice Notes


Standard Documents



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