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Form Description
Application or Request for Subpoena To be filed with subpoena and/or subpoena duces tecum
Subpoena For appearance and testimony of witness
Subpoena Duces Tecum For production of documents, information, or objects
Notice of Appearance Entry of appearance by counsel

 

Useful Information

Filing

Documents may be filed in the Hearing Clerk's Office on weekdays (except on federal holidays) between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm (Eastern).

The Rules of Practice establish timelines for filing. Please refer to the Rules of Practice.

Mailing

Mail sent to USDA is irradiated, thereby delaying receipt. It is therefore recommended that parties use a commercial carrier (such as FedEx or UPS) or the overnight service of USPS when mailing OALJ or the Hearing Clerk's Office.

Information Requests

For information and/or documents relating to a case, you may submit a written request to the Hearing Clerk’s Office (HCO) via email, fax, or regular mail (see contact information below).

All requests shall include the following:

  • Name of requester;

  • Requester's contact information (mailing address; email address; telephone number; fax number)
  • Description of information/documents being requested; and
  • If requesting copies of documents, preferred method of delivery (mail; email; fax).

Please note that, with regard to time, non-party information requests will be treated the same as requests made pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Therefore, non-party requesters should expect a response from HCO within twenty (20) business days from the date that the information request is received. “Business days” do not include Saturdays, Sundays, or federal holidays. See 7 C.F.R. § 1.7(a).

Subpoena Requests

A party who wishes to procure an individual's appearance and testimony at a hearing may request that the Judge issue a subpoena. Additionally, a party who seeks to have an individual produce certain documents may request that the Judge issue a subpoena duces tecum.

To request issuance of a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum, a party should file with the Hearing Clerk's Office: (1) an Application or Request for Subpoena; and (2) the Subpoena and/or Subpoena Duces Tecum requiring the Judge's signature. Please note that the necessary forms may be downloaded from the chart above. Once the Judge has signed subpoena and/or subpoena duces tecum, the requesting party must have it served. Anyone who is at least 18 years of age and not a party to the case may serve the subpoena and/or subpoena duces tecum.