i have been ordered to give deposition duces tecum...first of all what does that mean?
the letter also states that i must produce all subpoenaed docs. or be held in contempt of court? What if i dont have docs. or no means to get them?
Also, because of my cancer i have only 2 days aweek when i feel well...im hoping this is on one of those days, although i never no when that will be...or i will be puking my brains out all over the place...having said that..
does anyone know what i need to do to ask this to be pushed ahead 60 days or so?
this document was issued through the county court house...i sure would appreciate
any ones suggestions on this matter...........thanks v
From the Lectric Law Library Lexicon:
DUCES TECUM - Bring with thee. A writ commonly called a subpoena duces tecum, commanding the person to whom it is directed to bring with him some writings, papers, or other things therein specified and described, to a deposition, to counsel for litigants in an action, or before the court.
In general, all relevant papers in the possession of the witness must be produced, but to this general rule there are exceptions. E.g., attorneys and solicitors who hold the papers of their clients cannot be compelled to produce them, unless the client could have been so compelled; neither can documents that are covered by the 5th Amendment's protection against self-incrimination.
That said, if I were you, I would make sure I made this deposition as quick and painful (for them) as possible. Here is how I would attack it:
First, if you don't have the exact document they are asking for, say so. You are being honest and just because they ask for it doesn't mean you have to follow Indiana Jones to the ends of the Earth to produce it. The more they ask for and the less you have, the better.
Second, I would play the illness to the limit of my ability not to laugh. Not that your illness is funny (it isn't, and I sympathize with you - but you can use it to a strategic advantage). Here's how it would go (if I were you):
Their Attorney: Now, Flyingifr, did you bring the document identified as #1 with you?
Me: No, I don't have a copy. Could I see yours?
TA: No. Let the record show that the Defendant did not produce the document demanded.
Me: Let the record also show that the Defendant doesn't HAVE the document demanded.
TA: Let's move on to document #2.
Me: I'm feeling sick - my medication does that to me (throws up on the Judge's desk). Sorry, Your Honor.
Me: I have cancer and the medication does strange and terrible things to me (lets out the loudest fart I can). Sorry, your Honor.
TA: Let's move on. Do you have....
Me: hiccup.... hiccup.... hiccup
TA: Document #4?
Me: Yes, I have part of it. I have the second and fifth pages but I accidentally used 1, 3, 4 and 6 as toilet paper in an emergency. I can get them if you want, it was only yesterday.
TA: No, that won't be necessary.
..... you get the idea......