How Does UIDDA Affect the Out-of-State Subpoena Process?

To simplify the laborious process of obtaining out-of-state depositions and discovery, the Uniform Law Commission developed the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA) in 2007. The UIDDA standardizes the process of obtaining an out-of-state subpoena in states that have adopted the policy.

Subpoena Process: UIDDA vs. Non-UIDDA States

In non-UIDDA states, litigants seeking out-of-state discovery must first secure a commission or letter rogatory from a trial court before discovery is sought in the state. The UIDDA eliminates this step. Instead, parties seeking discovery simply need to secure a subpoena from the state court that presides over the case.

The subpoena is then presented to the county clerk where the discovery is sought. After which, the clerk re-issues a local subpoena for service upon the witness or entity.

The UIDDA subpoena process is only applicable between states that have adopted it. If the jurisdiction where you aim to seek discovery is a non-UIDDA state, the subpoena domestication process is subjected to their local guidelines. Out-of-state domestication varies from state to state, so it’s best to coordinate with the local court before putting in the work.

States that Recognize the UIDDA

As of 2021, 43 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have adopted some form of the UIDDA. The states that recognize it include:

  • Hawaii
  • California
  • Kentucky
  • Oregon
  • Wisconsin
  • Vermont
  • Maryland
  • Idaho
  • New Jersey
  • Georgia
  • Utah
  • Minnesota
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
  • Kansas
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Mississippi
  • Illinois
  • Arizona
  • Montana
  • Iowa
  • Delaware
  • Michigan
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Indiana
  • Nevada
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • New York
  • North Carolina

lawyer holding a documentReliable Process Serving of Out-Of-State Subpoenas

Obtaining a domesticated subpoena is just the first step to seeking out-of-state discovery. The next is finding a professional process server who can successfully deliver the subpoena to the intended individuals, companies, or organizations.

Serve Index LLC serves domesticated subpoenas anywhere in the U.S. You can trust our out-of-state process servers to deliver legal documents in an accurate and timely manner. They have vast experience in the field and are knowledgeable about the guidelines for serving documents in every state.

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When you work with our team, you can expect:

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