Bring the subpoena and the note to court -- you don't have the choice to ignore the subpoena. You can also call the entity that issued the subpoena to see if they can give you a break on attendance!
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I agree with Mr. Deasy. Contact the side that issued you the subpoena and fax them a copy of the subpoena and see if they will either continue the case or excuse you from the subpoena. Otherwise, you MUST appear in court with the doctor's note and then it is solely up to the judge to decide whether to release you from the subpoena or not. Best of luck
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Contact the DA's or Solicitor's Office and make sure they get a copy of the paperwork. They may give you a pass on the Court date. Without speaking with them prior to the date, you have to be there. The Court is within its discretion to issue a warrant for your arrest if asked for by the DA or Solicitor on the case. In my experience, they are usually quite accommodating.
Your doctor cannot excuse you from showing up in court if you have been properly served with a subpoena. Only the party who subpoenaed you or the judge can excuse you.
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