How Subpoena Domestication Works

Each state is unique

In order to enforce a subpoena out of state, it needs to be domesticated in the other state. As every state has their own rules of Civil Procedure, it can be confusing to involve two separate jurisdictions. To simplify the process of domesticating an out-of-state subpoena, the Uniform Interstate and International Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA) was adopted by the majority of the states. However, it is vital to consult with the courts to concisely understand who can serve the subpoena for states that do not recognize the UIDDA. 

The following states do not recognize the UIDDA:

Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Texas, Wyoming, West Virginia

An efficient process

For states that recognize the UIDDA, the process of domesticating a subpoena is made as simple as possible:

  1. In the state where the discovery or deposition is located, the party presents the foreign subpoena to a clerk of that state. Under the court's specific regulations and processes, the clerk then issues the subpoena for service. 
  2. Next is serving the subpoena in the required state, in which The Rules of Civil Procedure for that state must be followed. 
  3. Lastly, deposition or discovery commences following the service of the subpoena, producing documents and records in accordance with the state laws. 

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