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1400.7000 SUBPOENAS.

Subpart 1.

Written request.

Requests for subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses or the production of documents, either at a hearing or for the purpose of discovery, shall be made in writing to the judge, shall contain a brief statement demonstrating the potential relevance of the testimony or evidence sought, shall identify any documents sought with specificity, shall include the full name and home or business address of all persons to be subpoenaed and, if known, the date, time, and place for responding to the subpoena.

Subp. 2.


A subpoena shall be served in the manner provided by the Rules of Civil Procedure for the District Courts of Minnesota unless otherwise provided by law. The cost of service, fees, and expenses of any witnesses subpoenaed shall be paid by the party at whose request the witness appears. The person serving the subpoena is not required to make proof of service by filing the subpoena with the judge. However, a filing with an affidavit of service will be required with the motion of a party seeking an order imposing sanctions for failure to comply with any subpoena issued under parts 1400.5100 to 1400.8400.

Subp. 3.

Objection to subpoena.

Any person served with a subpoena who has an objection to it may file an objection with the judge. The objection shall be filed promptly, and in any event at or before the time specified in the subpoena for compliance. The judge shall cancel or modify the subpoena if it is unreasonable or oppressive, taking into account the issues or amounts in controversy, the costs or other burdens of compliance when compared with the value of the testimony or evidence sought for the presentation of a party's case, and whether or not there are alternative methods of obtaining the desired testimony or evidence. Modification may include requiring the party requesting the subpoena to pay reasonable costs of producing documents, books, papers, or other tangible things.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 14.06; 14.131; 14.51; 363.06; 363A.28


9 SR 2276

Published Electronically:

August 6, 2013

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