Process Server One specializes in subpoena service including the domestication and service of foreign (or out-of-state) subpoenas, both in-bound and out-bound in all 50 U.S. states. Usually, these are subpoenas duces tecum (seeking documents from a record holder out of state). Whether document subpoenas must be issued in another state, processed from another state or another federal district court, or located in-state, our fast, efficient, and accurate service is provided by experienced process servers familiar with local, state, and national laws.
The vast majority of states have enacted the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (or UIDDA), but not all. ProcessServerOne.com has three decades of experience doing foreign subpoena domestication for law firms, government agencies, and attorneys nationwide with more than 1,000 successful serves in each state.
We understand the procedures and documents required by state courts in which the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act (UIDDA) has been enacted as well as in state courts which still use pre-UIDDA procedures. And, we know that states still have their own specific procedures. With that in mind, we always contact the record holder’s local court.
Just supply a case caption, any time limits or discovery cutoff that affect the subpoena, and the identities of those parties who need notice, as well as the handling attorney’s signature on requests to initiate the process.
A Process Server’s Role in the UIDDA
Even though the process to domesticate a subpoena has been simplified, it doesn’t mean that the documents can be served as they are within a state other than the original jurisdiction. The UIDDA process requires dealing with the clerk of the court in the jurisdiction where discovery is being pursued.
While an attorney or your legal counsel doesn’t need to file a motion, this subpoena still need to be reissued in the new jurisdiction. Additionally, using a UIDDA process server ensures your subpoena is brought to the court clerk in person, cutting down significantly on the time need for domestication and avoiding the possibility of missed deadlines. It should be noted, however, that with the impact of COVID, turn-around time can vary based on the court and staffing. In some instances, extensions it has been necessary to request an extension.
Given the variances in state rules and policies, using a process server can be extremely beneficial in expediting the timeline and accuracy of domesticating a foreign subpoena.
Process servers who regularly serve UIDDA subpoenas become familiar with every court clerk and can hand-deliver documents anywhere in the country. As a result, we save you time and money on the research involved in locating the correct court clerk and local process, while ensuring accuracy and speed of completion.
The Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act has been adopted by over 40 states to make the process as straight forward as possible. Details on how we domesticate subpoenas in each state can be found by clicking the locations below.