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Subpoena Domestication in California

Subpoena domestication is an essential legal process that ensures out-of-state subpoenas are recognized and enforceable within California. This procedure is crucial for legal professionals and parties involved in multi-state litigation. In this blog, we will explore the definitions, procedures, and relevant laws such as the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA) and Civil Rule 45, providing a comprehensive guide on how subpoena domestication operates in California.


What is a Subpoena?


A subpoena is a legal document that commands an individual or entity to attend a court proceeding or produce documents, records, or other tangible evidence. There are two primary types of subpoenas:


  1. Subpoena Ad Testificandum: Requires a person to testify in court or at a deposition.

  2. Subpoena Duces Tecum: Requires a person to produce documents, records, or other evidence.


What is Subpoena Domestication?


Subpoena domestication is the process of making an out-of-state subpoena enforceable in a different state. This is necessary because a subpoena issued in one state does not automatically have legal force in another state.


The Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA)


The UIDDA simplifies the process of domestication of out-of-state subpoenas. It provides a standardized procedure for litigants to depose out-of-state individuals and obtain discovery without needing to initiate a separate legal action in the other state. California has adopted the UIDDA, significantly streamlining the domestication process.


Civil Rule 45


Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 governs the issuance of subpoenas in federal cases. It outlines the requirements for issuing, serving, and enforcing subpoenas, as well as protections for the person subject to the subpoena. In California, the state’s procedural rules incorporate many aspects of the federal rule and provide specific guidelines for subpoenas within the state.


Procedure for Subpoena Domestication in California


Step 1: Obtain the Out-of-State Subpoena


First, you need to obtain a subpoena issued by a court in the jurisdiction where the case is pending.


Step 2: Submit the Out-of-State Subpoena to a California Court


Under the UIDDA, you must submit the out-of-state subpoena to a clerk of court in the California county where the discovery is sought. The submission should include a request for the issuance of a California subpoena that mirrors the terms of the out-of-state subpoena.


Step 3: Issuance of the California Subpoena


The California court will issue a subpoena that incorporates the requirements of the original out-of-state subpoena. This California subpoena will then be served to the individual or entity within California.


Step 4: Serve the California Subpoena


The California subpoena must be served in compliance with California laws. This typically involves personal delivery to the individual or entity named in the subpoena.


Step 5: Compliance and Enforcement


The recipient of the California subpoena is required to comply just as they would with any other California-issued subpoena. If they fail to comply, enforcement can be sought through the California courts.


Key Considerations


  1. Jurisdiction: Ensure that the court issuing the original subpoena has proper jurisdiction over the matter.

  2. Timeliness: Be aware of any deadlines for serving and responding to subpoenas.

  3. Scope: Ensure that the subpoena does not impose an undue burden or request privileged information.

  4. Objections: The recipient has the right to object to the subpoena, and any objections must be resolved in the issuing court.


Navigating the complexities of subpoena domestication can be challenging. At Served 123 LLC, we specialize in ensuring that your subpoenas are domesticated efficiently and in full compliance with all relevant laws. Our team of experienced legal professionals is here to assist you every step of the way.


Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your subpoena domestication needs. Visit our website or call us to get started. Let Served 123 LLC be your trusted partner in handling all your legal document needs.





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