how do you find out who is trying to serve you a subpoena?

My neighbor told me someone came by may house and I wasn’t home so they went to
their house asking them when I would be home. My neighbor ask what they wanted
and they said they had a subpoena to serve. How can I find out what this is
about, I looked on the net at county clerks office but couldn’t find a link for
that. How can I find out what this is?

Asked on October 19, 2017 under Business Law, Missouri


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

There is no way to find out other than to receive the subpoena and see what it says:
1) Subpoenas are not served through the court; the court would not have a record;
2) The case for which you are being subpoenaed does not have to be in your county--the lawsuit could have been brought in a different county--so checking your county won't necessarily even tell you if there are cases against you (only if there are cases in your country), and if the suboena is for you to be a witness in someone else's case, there is no way to find that with the case name and county.

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