The following is the procedure for an out of state or foreign party to issue a court ordered subpoena within the state of Connecticut:

The party seeking the subpoena must comply with the following state statutes:

Click here for Connecticut Sec. 52-148e,

Click here for Connecticut Out of State Commission Rules

Subpoenas for witnesses. Penalty for failure to appear and testify.

Click here for Connecticut Sec. 52-143

Required Steps:

  1. File a motion for commission to take a deposition in the court where your case is pending.  Note: In the motion for commission you may name a Connecticut attorney or notary public to take the deposition in Connecticut. (Most court reporters are notary publics.)
  2. Make sure that the time and notice requirements of Section 52-148a and Section 52-148b of the Connecticut General Statutes are met.   You can find these statutes here:
  3. Apply for a court-ordered subpoena pursuant to Section 52-155 of the Connecticut General Statutes at the Superior Court with appropriate jurisdiction. Click here for Connecticut Section 52-155
  1. The following must be filed with the clerk:
    1. Application for issuance of subpoena;
    2. An appearance by Connecticut counsel or by a self-represented party using this form:
      1. Connecticut Superior Court Subpoena Form
    3. A certified copy of the order from the foreign jurisdiction;
    4. Proposed order;
    5. Court fee of $350.00.
  2. A completed subpoena form (without signatures) MAY be filed with the application. The form can be found here: Connecticut Civil/Housing/Family Subpoena Form

Witness fees:

As per section 52-260, witness fees are currently 50 cents a day and travel costs of .575 per mile.

Notice time:

As per section 52-143, a subpoena shall be served not less than 18 hours prior to the time designated for the person summoned to appear, unless the court orders otherwise.

Notice to adverse parties:

As per 52-148a, no party may take the deposition of any person unless he has first given reasonable written notice to each adverse party or his known agent or attorney of the time and place for taking the deposition and the name and address of each person to be examined, if known, and, if the name is not known, a general description sufficient to identify him or the particular class or group to which he belongs. Such notice shall be served by an indifferent person at the usual place of abode of each person entitled to notice or by mailing such notice to him by certified mail.