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Subpoena Domestication in Texas Per UIDDA


Subpoena domestication is a crucial process for ensuring that out-of-state subpoenas are recognized and enforced within Texas. This procedure is essential for legal professionals and parties involved in litigation that spans multiple states. In this blog, we will delve into the definitions, procedures, and relevant laws such as the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA) and Civil Rule 45. We aim to provide a comprehensive guide on how subpoena domestication works in Texas.


What is a Subpoena?


A subpoena is a legal document that orders an individual or entity to attend a court proceeding or produce documents, records, or other tangible evidence. There are two main 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 getting an out-of-state subpoena recognized and 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 commence a separate legal action in the other state. Texas, like many other states, has adopted the UIDDA, which significantly streamlines 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 Texas, Rule 45 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure mirrors many aspects of the federal rule and provides specific guidelines for subpoenas within the state.


Procedure for Subpoena Domestication in Texas


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 Texas Court


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


Step 3: Issuance of the Texas Subpoena


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


Step 4: Serve the Texas Subpoena


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


Step 5: Compliance and Enforcement


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