Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act-Alabama
The Uniform Law Commission promulgated the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA) in 2007. The goal of UIDDA is to make it more efficient and inexpensive to depose out-of-state individuals and to produce discoverable materials located out of the trial state.
Under UIDDA, litigants can present a clerk of the court located in the state where discoverable materials are sought with a subpoena issued by a court in the trial state. Once the clerk receives the foreign subpoena, the clerk will issue a subpoena for service upon the person or entity on which the original subpoena is directed. The terms of the issued subpoena must incorporate the same terms as the original subpoena and contain the contact information for all counsel of record and any party not represented by counsel.
The Act requires minimal judicial oversight and eliminates the need for obtaining a commission or local counsel in the discovery state, letters rogatory, or the filing of a miscellaneous action during the discovery phase of litigation. Discovery authorized by the subpoena must comply with the rules of the state in which the discovery occurs. In addition, motions to quash, enforce, or modify a subpoena issued pursuant to the Act shall be brought in and governed by the rules of the discovery state.
Below is the guidance on issuing an out-of-state subpoena in Alabama.
Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act Adopted – 2012
Bill Number HB399 – Sponsor DeMarco
ALA. R. CIV. P.28(c)
Alabama Courts https://www.alacourt.gov
Foreign subpoena; request; issuance.
(a) To request issuance of a subpoena, a party must submit a foreign subpoena to a clerk of the circuit court in the county in which discovery is sought to be conducted in this state. A request for the issuance of a subpoena under this article does not constitute an appearance in the courts of this state.
(b) When a party submits a foreign subpoena to a clerk of the circuit court in this state, the clerk, in accordance with that court’s procedure, shall promptly issue a subpoena for service
upon the person to which the foreign subpoena is directed.
(c) A subpoena under subsection (b) must:
(1) Incorporate the terms used in the foreign subpoena.
(2) Contain or be accompanied by the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all counsel of record in the proceeding to which the subpoena relates and of any party not represented by counsel.
(3) Plainly and prominently state on its face: “THE RECIPIENT OF THIS SUBPOENA HAS THE RIGHT TO OBJECT TO THIS SUBPOENA WITHIN FIFTEEN (15) DAYS OF PROPER SERVICE BY SUBMITTING A REASONABLY SPECIFIC WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE PARTY INITIATING THE SUBPOENA AS WELL AS THE LOCAL ISSUING CLERK OF THE COURT AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: [ADDRESS OF CLERK OF COURT].”
(Act 2012-518, §3.)