Only the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH ) or attorneys licensed in California acting on behalf of a party may sign a subpœna. OAH cannot provide legal advice.  If you are proceeding without an attorney, you may contact the OAH office closest to you for a form signed by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to use.

General Jurisdiction Subpoena/Subpoena Duces Tecum

OAH Subpoenas cannot be used in CSLB Arbitrations.

I want to receive copies of records held by an agency for my administrative hearing. How do I get them? 

You may request documents from an agency informally before your hearing.

You may also subpœna records from an agency to be produced at your hearing. A subpœna duces tecum means "bring with you under penalty of law" and compels an agency bring records that they have and to verify to the court that the documents or records have not been altered. The agency may do this by declaration or by direct testimony, as you require. 

The form on the internet is not signed. Can I sign it?

Only the Office of Administrative Hearings or attorneys licensed in California acting on behalf of a party may sign a subpœna. If you are proceeding without an attorney and would like to issue a subpoena, the subpoena must be signed by an Administrative Law Judge. 

What laws should I look at before sending a subpœna or a subpœna duces tecum?

Code of Civil Procedure sections 1985-1987
Government Code sections 11450.05-11450.50, 68092.5-68093, and 68096.1-68097.10. 

I have received a subpoena to be a witness in a case. Can I be paid?

Yes, according to Government Code Sections 11450.05 and 11450.50, you may request witness fees and mileage actually traveled both ways. You may request payment in advance of the hearing from the party at whose request the subpœna or subpœna duces tecum is issued. See Government Code sections 11450.05, 11450.50, 68092.5-68093, and 68096.1-68097.10. 

Where do I find the form?

OAH has an unsigned subpoena/subpoena duces tecum form available.

 

For questions about your specific case, contact your local OAH office at:

Sacramento Office  (916) 263-0550

Los Angeles (213) 576-7200

Oakland (510) 622-2722

San Diego (619) 525-4475

 

OAH Secure e-File Transfer (SFT) System

The OAH Secure e-File Transfer (SFT) system allows users to send electronic documents to OAH, as well as receive electronic documents from OAH.
SFT