Vice President and General Counsel
Old Main, Room 204
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4997
Fax: (307) 766-2993
A subpoena is a judicial order requiring a person to appear in court or for a deposition and to give testimony with respect to a dispute before the court or an administrative proceeding. A subpoena duces tecum is a judicial order requiring a person to bring records or documents in his/her possession that pertain to the matter in dispute to the court or to be produced at a specified location. A summons is notice of a lawsuit often accompanied by a Complaint.
A subpoena or summons must meet several specific requirements before it is legally enforceable. If you receive a subpoena or summons in your capacity as faculty or staff at the University of Wyoming, please contact the Office of General Counsel (Legal) immediately for further instruction.
If an employee receives a subpoena to provide documents, an attorney in Legal will review the documents to determine whether they are responsive to the subpoena and whether any of the information is confidential. Faculty and staff should never respond directly to the issuing/serving party of the subpoena or summons or provide documents in response to a subpoena without first giving the information to Legal to review.