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State E-Discovery Statutes

With all the hoopla over the revised Federal Rules dealing with electronic discovery one must not lose sight of the notion that the vast majority of cases in the United States get tried in state courts. While a number of states have used the Federal Rules as a guide a number of states have enacted statutes covering e-discovery issues.

The K&L Gates e-discovery site recently published a useful list of current state e-discovery statutes - I found it helpful so I am reproducing the list below - here is a link to the K&L Gates site. I have seen a draft version of e-discovery statutory changes from California so don't be surprised if that state will soon be added to the list.

Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 26.1, 33, 34, 37 and 45

Connecticut Practice Book, Superior Court - Procedures in Civil Matters
Sec. 13-9. Requests for Production, Inspection and Examination; In General (see subsection (d), at p. 192 of 259-page .pdf document)

Idaho R. Civ. P. 34

Illinois Supreme Court Rules 201(b)(1) and 214

Amendments to Rules of Trial Procedure 26, 34 and 37
Rule 26. General provisions governing discovery
Rule 34. Production of documents, electronically stored information, etc.
Rule 37. Failure to make or cooperate in discovery; Sanctions

CCP 1424 - Scope of discovery; trial preparation; materials
CCP 1460 - Option to produce business records
CCP 1461 - Production of documents and things; entry upon land; scope
CCP 1462 - Production of documents and things; entry upon land; procedure

Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, 33, 34, 37, 45

Miss. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(5)

Mont. R. Civ. P. 16(b). Scheduling and planning
Mont. R. Civ. P. 26(b). Discovery scope and limits
Mont. R. Civ. P. 26(f). Discovery conference
Mont. R. Civ. P. 33(c). Option to produce business records
Mont. R. Civ. P. 34(a). Scope
Mont. R. Civ. P. 34(b). Procedure
Mont. R. Civ. P. 37(e). Electronically stored information
Mont. R. Civ. P. 45(a). Form - issuance
Mont. R. Civ. P. 45(c). Protection of persons subject to or affected by subpoenas
Mont. R. Civ. P. 45(d). Duties in responding to subpoena

New Hampshire

Superior Court Rule 62. (I) Initial Structuring Conference (see subsection (C)(4))

New Jersey
Part IV - Rules Governing Civil Practice in the Superior Court, Tax Court and Surrogate's Courts
Rule 1:9. Subpoenas
Rule 4:5B. Case Management; Conferences
Rule 4:10. Pretrial Discovery
Rule 4:17. Interrogatories to Parties
Rule 4:18. Discovery and Inspection of Documents and Property; Copies of Documents
Rule 4:23. Failure to Make Discovery; Sanctions

New York

Uniform Civil Rules of the Supreme and County Courts, § 202.70 Commercial Division of the Supreme Court
See Rule 8. Consultation prior to Preliminary and Compliance Conferences

North Carolina
Local Rules of North Carolina Business Court
See Rule 17.1 - Case Management Meeting
See Rule 18.6 - Conference of Attorneys with Respect to Motions and Objections Relating to Discovery

Tex. R. Civ. P. 196.4 Electronic or Magnetic Data

Utah R. Civ. P. 26. General provisions governing discovery
Utah R. Civ. P. 33. Interrogatories to parties
Utah R. Civ. P. 34. Production of documents and things and entry upon land for inspection and other purposes
Utah R. Civ. P. 37. Failure to make or cooperate in discovery; sanctions
Utah R. Civ. P. 45. Subpoena
Effective November 1, 2007


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