Request a subpoena for a civil service hearing

Learn how to request, serve, and oppose a subpoena for a civil service hearing.
You must request a subpoena at least 10 days before your scheduled hearing

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The Details

What you need

A subpoena from the Civil Service Commission requires someone to provide:

  • Testimony at a Commission hearing
  • Documents for a Commission hearing.

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.  It may be submitted in-person, via email or via mail.  The request must contain a completed subpoena template, along with a description of why the person's testimony (or documents) is relevant to your appeal. 

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:

  • Not a party;
  • Not related to the person you are serving
  • Over 18 years old.

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:

  • Give the person the original copy of the subpoena
  • Give the person the witness fee.

The person serving the subpoena must:

  • Complete the "return of service" section of the subpoena on page 2
  • Return that section along with a copy of page 1 of the subpoena to you before the date of your hearing.

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.

Fees

Name Fee Unit
Witness fee $6 per witness appearance
Transportation from the witness's home to the CSC and back $0.10 per mile

How to 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
Room 503
Boston, MA 02108

Make sure you also send a copy of your request to the other party.

Fax your written request and completed subpoena template form to (617) 727-7590.

Make sure you also send a copy of your request to the other party.

Submit your written request and completed subpoena form in-person to:

Civil Service Commission
1 Ashburton Place
Room 503
Boston, MA 02108

Make sure you also send a copy of your request to the other party.

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Contact

Address
1 Ashburton Place, Room 503, Boston, MA 02108
Phone

Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Fax
(617) 727-7590

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