Subpoenas & Warrants


A subpoena is a court order that requires a person to appear in court to give testimony or to present documents and related articles to be produced as evidence at a hearing. An officer will serve a witness personally with a subpoena. The City Attorney may also ask a witness to appear voluntarily without serving a subpoena.

If you have received a subpoena, follow the instructions on it. Failing to follow a subpoena is considered contempt of court and a warrant may be issued for your arrest.


If you fail to appear on your court date or comply with the court’s orders, the municipal court judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. If you are stopped by an officer for any reason, the officer will arrest you and take you into custody.

If you have an active warrant with the City of West Columbia, please contact the Municipal Court immediately to arrange payment or request a court date. Until you make contact, the warrant will remain active and you are subject to arrest by any law enforcement officer in the State of Texas. View a list of active warrants that have been issued by the Municipal Court.