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WHAT IF: I receive a subpoena?

A subpoena compels a witness to provide a court with information or documents on a specific date, time and location. It is issued by an officer of the court (for example the registrar of the court) and is usually served (formally delivered) by the sheriff of the court.

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WHAT IF: I receive a summons?

A summons is a court issued document which starts the litigation process. The summons states the names of the complainant, known as the plaintiff, and the defendant(s) against whom the case is made.

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WHAT IF: I receive a request for records? Parts 1 & 2

A Request for Records is a formal request for copies of documents in your possession. This 2 part “What If?” deals with documents held by private healthcare practitioners and private healthcare establishments, for example doctors in private practice and private hospitals. Different rules apply when documents are requested from public health establishments.

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