What is a subpoena?

In the context of a criminal case, a subpoena is a legal document issued by the court, or prosecuting attorney, ordering the recipient to appear at a certain time and place to testify under oath as a witness. 

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1. How is a criminal case created?
2. Who are the parties in a criminal case?
3. What is a plea bargain?
4. How long will it take for a criminal case to be resolved?
5. What is a subpoena?
6. I’ve been subpoenaed for a criminal case. What should I do?