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A subpoena from the Civil Service Commission requires someone to provide:
A subpoena is useful if someone will not voluntarily attend your hearing. You might also need to request documents relevant to your appeal.
ELIGIBILITY TO REQUEST A SUBPOENA
You can request a subpoena from the Commission only if you are a party to a pending appeal.
AUTHORIZATION TO ISSUE A SUBPOENA
You must request the authority to issue a subpoena. Your request must be received by the Commission at least 10 days prior to your hearing, unless you show good cause.
OPPOSING A SUBPOENA REQUEST
You can oppose the other party's subpoena request. Objections must be received within 7 days of their request, although the Commission may establish a shorter time frame if necessary.
SERVING A SUBPOENA
You are responsible for finding someone to serve the subpoena after it has been authorized by the Commission.
Find a "disinterested person" who is:
You can also use a deputy sheriff or constable to serve the subpoena for a fee.
The person serving the subpoena to the witness must deliver it by hand or leave it at the witness's home. If they hand deliver it, they must:
The person serving the subpoena must:
Bring this information with you to your hearing as proof that the subpoena was served.
APPEARANCE AT HEARING
Any witness who objects to the issuance of the subpoena can ask the Commission to cancel or change the subpoena before the hearing date. You will have an opportunity to reply to this request. You can ask the Superior Court to enforce a subpoena, requiring the attendance of a witness if he/she does not appear and the subpoena has not been canceled by the Commission.
Complete a subpoena form for each subpoena you will request.
Email your written request and completed subpoena form to our Office Manager.
Make sure you also send a copy of your request to the other party.
Mail your written request and completed subpoena form to:
Civil Service Commission
1 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Fax your written request and completed subpoena template form to (617) 727-7590.
Submit your written request and completed subpoena form in-person to: