A subpoena duces tecum is a type of subpoena that requires a person to bring certain documents with them to a hearing or trial, says the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. The documents to be produced can be any documents that pertain to the case the subpoena is issued for.
Rules on serving a subpoena duces tecum vary from state to state, says Nolo. A subpoena duces tecum should be directed to the person directly in charge of the documents requested. Individuals served with a subpoena duces tecum should inquire whether photocopies or original documents should be produced at the hearing.