By Helen Geib, QDiscovery
Discovery in federal cases just got a lot faster in Illinois and Arizona. The Northern District of Illinois and District of Arizona are three months into a three year Mandatory Initial Discovery (MID) pilot project that will affect nearly all new civil cases filed in those districts. The MID pilot project makes mandatory and expands the scope of existing requirements under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(a)(1) and 26(f), creates a procedure for early resolution of discovery disputes and imposes extremely aggressive document production deadlines. In short, you now have only 100 days from filing to production.
The requirements of the MID pilot project are set out in a N.D. Ill. Standing Order. Parties will need thorough preparation and good eDiscovery strategy to comply with the letter and spirit of the project. Their potential reward lies in the MID project’s stated purpose to make cases more “just, speedy and inexpensive” by taking a new approach to early discovery.
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