The right to compulsory process in the context of a criminal trial is a fundamental principle of the legal system, particularly in common law jurisdictions like the United States. It essentially grants the defendant the right to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of evidence that may be favorable to their case. This right is enshrined in the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that the accused shall enjoy the right "to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor." In practice, this means that if a defendant believes that certain witnesses or evidence could help exonerate them or weaken the prosecution's case, they have the right to request the court to compel those witnesses to testify or produce that evidence. The court must then issue subpoenas or orders to ensure that those witnesses appear in court and provide their testimony, or that the evidence is produced for examination. The right to compulsory process is crucial for ensuring a fair trial and protecting the defendant's rights to present a defense. Without this right, defendants could be unfairly deprived of evidence that could potentially prove their innocence or cast doubt on the prosecution's case.

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