What do I do if I receive a subpoena, court order, discovery request or search warrant?
Notify the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) immediately and provide them with a copy of the document. OLA will then provide guidance on the appropriate response to the issuing/serving attorney, court or law enforcement agency.
Do not contact or discuss the subpoena, court order, discovery request or search warrant with the issuing/serving party. Let OLA do that for you if necessary.
The following are brief definitions of each provided by Black’s Law online dictionary:
Subpoena – The process by which the attendance of a witness is required is called a "subpoena." It is a writ or order directed to a person, and requiring their attendance at a particular time and place to testify as a witness.
Court Order – an order that has been written by a judge of the court and needs to be obeyed.
Discovery – the ascertainment of that which was previously unknown; the disclosure or coming to light of what was previously hidden; the acquisition of notice or knowledge of given acts or facts. (Most common form you may receive is a Request for Production of Documents) Note: A FERPA is needed for any request regarding student information.
Search Warrant – an order in writing, issued by a justice or other magistrate, in the name of the state, directed to a sheriff, constable, or other officer, commanding him to search a specified house, shop, or other premises, for personal property alleged to have been stolen, or for unlawful goods, and to bring the same, when found, before the magistrate, and usually also the body of the person occupying the premises, to be dealt with according to law.
Important Note: OLA can only advise individuals with subpoenas, court orders, discovery requests and search warrants received concerning matters within an individual's scope of employment as an employee of GGC. For any subpoenas, court orders or search warrants seeking information outside the scope of employment, GGC employees should seek private legal counsel.