INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA FAMILY LAW RULES OF PROCEDURE
SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM FOR HEARING OR TRIAL (ISSUED BY CLERK)
When should this form be used?
This form is used to require the appearance of witnesses at a trial or a hearing and also to notify the
other party(ies) of those witnesses you have subpoenaed as required by Florida Family Law Rule of
Procedure 12.410. It also requires that they bring specified items with them. This form should be typed
or printed in black ink. After you complete the form, you will need to take it to the clerk of the circuit
court’s office to obtain the clerk or deputy clerk’s signature. The party issuing the subpoena should also
NOTE: Under Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.407, a minor child may not be brought to court to
testify or appear at a hearing or be subpoenaed to appear at a hearing without prior order of the court
on good cause shown unless it is an emergency situation. See Forms 12.944(a)–(b).
What should I do next?
The form must be served on the other party/parties and witness(es) in accordance with Florida Rule of
Judicial Administration 2.516. The form must be served on the witness(es) in accordance with Florida
law and notice must also be given to the other parties in accordance with Florida Family Law Rule of
Procedure 12.410 and with Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516.
Where can I look for more information?
Before proceeding, you should read General Information for Self-Represented Litigants found at the
beginning of these forms. The words that are in bold underline in these instructions are defined there.
For further information, see Florida Family Law Rule of Procedure 12.410.
Nonlawyer: Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you
fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law
Rules of Procedure Form 12.900(a), before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these
forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of
every form he or she helps you complete.
Instructions for Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.911(c), Subpoena Duces Tecum for Trial (Issued by