Office of the General Counsel
A subpoena is a court order that requires a person's attendance at a particular time and place to testify as a witness and/or the production of documents in relation to a hearing or trial.
The District Human Resources Office is the custodian of most personnel records. The individual Colleges are the custodians of student records and personnel records for student employees. Subpoenas for personnel records may be served on the General Counsel or Human Resources. Subpoenas for student records should be served on the General Counsel in the Chancellor's Office at the District Office. Subpoenas are not accepted at any of the Los Rios campuses or centers.
When served with a civil subpoena duces tecum, records should not be released unless all of the procedural requirements are met. The General Counsel's office will review each subpoena for compliance. The following is a summary of the law for civil subpoenas.
Workers' Compensation subpoenas and subpoenas for Criminal/Juvenile cases do not follow the same time requirements as regular subpoenas. Additionally, requests for records that are not subpoenas should still be served on the General Counsel's Office, rather than at the campus. The District requires "wet" signatures; this means that all subpoenas must be signed by the requesting attorney/party, and all requests for records must be authorized and signed by the student. The District does not accept electronic signatures.Updated: October 2015