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How to request subpoenas

Subpoenas for civil, conciliation and family cases venued in Kandiyohi County may be obtained by mail or in person.  There must be a hearing, trial or deposition scheduled in order for a subpoena to be issued.

You must provide the following if you are requesting the issuance of a subpoena:

  1. payment of the subpoena fee
  2. case file number and the name of the case for which the subpoena is required
  3. attorney or individual requesting the subpoena(s) with a corresponding phone number 
  4. next scheduled hearing/trial date on the case, or
  5. if a deposition is scheduled, a Notice of Taking Deposition and Affidavit of Service must be provided.

Subpoenas for criminal and traffic cases venued in Kandiyohi County may also be obtained by mail or in person.

If the defendant is self-represented and does not have an attorney, he/she must file a written motion with the court for an order allowing subpoenas to be issued.  The motion must indicate whom the subpoena(s) will be issued to and why.  If the judge approves the issuance, there will be no charge for issuance of the subpoenas.

Issuance of subpoenas does not require court approval if the defendant is represented by counsel.  The following must be provided in these cases:

  1. payment of the subpoena fee
  2. case file number and the name of the case for which the subpoena is required
  3. name and telephone number of the attorney or individual requesting the subpoena(s)
  4. the next scheduled hearing/trial date.

Issuance by Court or by Attorney.  The court administrator shall issue a subpoena, signed but otherwise in blank, to a party requesting it, who shall complete it before service.  An attorney as officer of the court may also issue and sign a subpoena on behalf of the court where the action is pending.