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Court order in substance abuse records

Why would a court order be required in the case of substance abuse records rather than a subpoena duces tecum?




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Subpoena ducas tecum is a type of court order that requires an individual to go to court carrying with him or her some named documents. Subpoena is actually required by the court when a case is pending in the court. A court order is more preferred in dealing with cases of substance abuse rather than subpoena( Lindh, 2010).This is because subpoena ducas tecum are often used for examining physical objects like X rays, calendars, office diaries and other specified physical documents and records of patients…


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