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Massachusetts law about subpoenas

A compilation of laws, rules, and web sources on subpoenas in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Massachusetts rules

MRCP 45: Subpoenas

Trial Court Rule IX: Uniform Rules on Subpoenas to Court Officials


Subpoenas, Mass. Legal Help. Includes:

Subpoena for Documents Only, Worcester Law Library

Service providers

While Rule 45 provides that service can be made by "any person who is not a party and is not less than 18 years of age," service can also be made by a Deputy Sheriff or Constable

Web sources

The New "Documents Only" Subpoena Under Recently Amended Mass. R. Civ. P. 45, Boston Bar Journal, 2015.
Nice summary of the rule and procedure. 

Serving a Subpoena, Mass. Legal Help.
A simple guide for those who want to serve a subpoena, includes directions and forms.

Deposition and discovery request for use in another state

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c. 223A, s. 11 
Discovery within commonwealth for proceedings outside commonwealth

MGL c. 233, s. 45 
Deposition for use in another state

Print sources

Massachusetts Practice v. 49A (Discovery), Thomson/West, with supplement.
Section 8:7: Taking depositions in Massachusetts in out-of-state cases; Sections 8:74 - 8:76: Application for order, Affidavit in support of application for order, and Order for taking deposition in Commonwealth for proceeding in tribunal outside Commonwealth



Within Massachusetts only

Within Massachusetts only


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