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Summary of District of Columbia Laws

Miscellaneous Laws

"Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act" (Service of Foreign Subpoenas)

D.C. Code Ann. § 13-441 et seq.


The Law: Under the District of Columbia Code § 13-443, a “foreign subpoena” should be submitted to the Clerk of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for proper service. The party should submit the foreign subpoena to the Clerk who will then issue a District of Columbia subpoena “for service upon the person to which the foreign subpoena is directed.” (D.C. Code § 13-443 (b)). The D.C. Code provision was adopted from § 3 of the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act. (D.C. Code § 13-443 (Lexis Advance Editor’s Notes)). According to the Comments to this section, this step “is the necessary act that invokes the jurisdiction of the discovery state, which in turn makes the newly issued subpoena both enforceable and challengeable in the discovery state.” Subsequent provisions in this section of D.C. Code provide for the service of the subpoena, deposition, production, and processes to obtain protective orders or quash the subpoena to comply with D.C. Code and Superior Court Rules (D.C. Code §§ 13-444-6).




Out of State Subpoena Citation Chart



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