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Forms & Process

  • Subpoena General Information

    Subpoenas directed to UTMB or its employees usually relate to federal or state court proceedings in either criminal or civil matters. Subpoenas typically fall into one of two categories:

    1. Commanding the individual to appear and/or produce documents/evidence before a tribunal; or
    2. Commanding the individual to personally appear before a tribunal and offer testimony into evidence. Upon receipt, Legal Affairs initially examines subpoenas for validity--assuring they are properly served, timely, specific and issued under proper authority; and continues to offer support and guidance until the process is complete.

    Each employee is critical to the institutional mission; each employee's time is valuable. Legal Affairs prioritizes institutional efficiency by proactively engaging parties serving subpoenas upon UTMB or its employees, as well as assisting with questions and monitoring the process as desired. Moreover, Legal Affairs requests parties subpoenaing UTMB or its employees to provide as much advance notice as possible, thereby minimizing disruption of schedules and the amount of time UTMB employees are unable to serve patients and the institution.

    After reviewing the categories below, please contact Legal Affairs should you have any specific questions or concerns.

  • Subpoena to Appear and/or Produce Documents/Evidence

    Subpoenas may command an individual to appear before a tribunal and/or produce documents, or other evidence, to the tribunal under strict temporal and procedural guidelines. This type of subpoena is often officially termed "Subpoena Duces Tecum." UTMB employees should immediately contact Legal Affairs upon service of such subpoena for assistance and further management.

  • Subpoena for Personal Appearance to Offer Testimony

    Subpoenas may command individual employees to personally appear before a tribunal and offer sworn testimony in a civil or criminal matter. Specific time-frames and methods for service attach to such subpoenas, varying with the nature of the proceeding (criminal or civil), requiring anyone properly served to appear. Therefore, to ensure proper management and response, UTMB employees should immediately contact the Department of Legal Affairs upon service.

  • Subpoena for Protected Health Information

    Many of the subpoenas received by UTMB relate to medical records and patient information, generally referred to as Protected Health Information (PHI). Any subpoena for PHI should be immediately sent to UTMB Health Information Management (HIM) at 409-772-1965. Very specific guidelines and processes apply to subpoenas for such information and should not be processed by anyone outside of HIM ( See, IHOP 6.4.20 Disclosure of Protected Health Information in Judicial Proceedings).

General Services

Forms & Process

  • Notary Services

    The Department of Legal Affairs provides notary public services in connection with official UTMB business. Please contact our administrative support at (409) 747-8737 to arrange a document notarization by a member of our staff. Please note, in compliance with authority under state law, the requestor must produce valid picture identification issued by either a federal or state agency. The identification document must contain both photograph and signature. You may also be asked to present an official UTMB badge/identification card.

  • Legal Referrals

    The Department of Legal Affairs cannot provide legal advice, referrals or representation to individual members of the UTMB community regarding personal matters, such as insurance, personal injury, divorce, wills and landlord-tenant issues. In addition, the Department of Legal Affairs does not provide advice in matters unrelated to UTMB business, nor to individuals/entities whose interests are adverse or pose an actual, or potential, conflict with the interests of UTMB, The University of Texas System, or the state of Texas.

  • Personal legal advice or representation

    If you need personal legal advice or representation, you may be able to obtain information and/or assistance from the resource listed below:

    State Bar of Texas
    Main phone: (512) 427-1463
    Toll free: (800) 204-2222
    Main fax: (512) 427-4100
    Texas Bar Website

Public Information Requests