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I was hurt in a car wreck.  There is a witness listed on the accident report but he won’t talk to me.  I need his help.  Can I make someone testify?

You cannot make anyone speak to you.  If a lawsuit is filed, you can serve a subpoena on a person who has or allegedly has knowledge about a case.  A subpoena is a document issued by a court that requires someone to appear at a stated location and give testimony.  A person can be subpoenaed to give testimony for a deposition, hearing or trial.

The mere fact that a person can be commanded to attend a deposition, hearing or trial does not necessarily mean that they will tell the truth about what they observed or know or that they will cooperate.  In other words, a subpoena can be used to force someone to show up, but it does not force them to give truthful testimony.

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