letter rogatory

Definition of "letter rogatory"
  1. A formal written request made by one court to another, typically in a foreign jurisdiction, that requests the second court to question a witness in accordance with the second court's procedures
How to use "letter rogatory" in a sentence
  1. The U.S. court decided to send a letter rogatory to the court in Ireland, asking them to interview a key witness.
  2. During the investigation, they realized they would need to draft a letter rogatory to obtain testimony from a witness residing overseas.
  3. To gather necessary evidence from the witness residing in Canada, the judge drafted a letter rogatory to its Canadian counterpart.

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