How to subpoena evidence in Minnesota from out of state

To conduct legal discovery in Minnesota sounds straightforward until you realize it can take more time and effort from another state. Furthermore, an out-of-state subpoena in Minnesota for the discovery process in a foreign jurisdiction can be tricky, especially if you do not want to invite objections.

To subpoena evidence from Minnesota, start with a subpoena under the trial court’s authority. Then, a subpoena form conformed to Minnesota law is needed. Next, file the out-of-state subpoena with the Minnesota state court, where evidence is sought. Last, a Minnesota subpoena issued by the Minnesota court is required.



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How to obtain a Minnesota subpoena for an out-of-state court case

You can get a Minnesota subpoena for out-of-state records or a foreign deposition through Legal Process Minnesota. For peace of mind, we specialize in acquiring foreign subpoenas in Minnesota and are authoritative when domesticating and serving a foreign subpoena in Minnesota.

Our subpoena service lets attorneys spend more time with clients and less time wondering how to get a Minnesota subpoena. Even better, when you use our subpoena service, you eliminate the need to obtain local counsel in Minnesota, offering you an efficient and cost-effective out-of-state discovery process.



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Serving an out-of-state subpoena in Minnesota

The most important information for attorneys, paralegals, and other legal practitioners to know before serving an out-of-state subpoena in Minnesota is to be sure it is lawful and enforceable. To achieve this, observe these specific things:

  • Convert the out-of-state subpoena to Minnesota law to avoid procedural defects and unnecessary objections. 
  • File a valid and complete out-of-state subpoena with the appropriate Minnesota court administrator for authorization and domestication.
  • Execute subpoena process service promptly and properly to request out-of-state evidence from Minnesota successfully.

It is essential that an out-of-state subpoena is approved and legal to effectuate subpoena service across state lines.

Legal Process Minnesota performs the foreign subpoena domestication procedures correctly so that you avoid procedural defects and needless objections. In addition, we provide timely subpoena process service for out-of-state subpoenas in Minnesota.

Important: Notice of the subpoena must be provided to all other parties to the action, and the subpoena form must conform to Minnesota law. MN Rule 45.01(e)โ€”Notice to Parties๐Ÿ”— Any use of a subpoena, other than to compel attendance at a trial, without prior notice to all parties to the action, is improper and can subject the party or attorney issuing it, or on whose behalf it was issued, to sanctions.

Note: Issuing a foreign subpoena in Minnesota subjects the party to the Minnesota court jurisdiction and Minnesota laws and rules, including the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. Therefore, when a Minnesota subpoena is issued, the procedures of MN 45. Subpoena๐Ÿ”— apply to the process service and enforcement of the subpoena and other related procedures.

July 1, 2022, State of Minnesota Supreme Court Order Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically MN Rule 30.02(f)๐Ÿ”— Notice or Subpoena Directed to an Organization. Download the State of Minnesota Supreme Court Order Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure ADM04-8001.pdf that governs an organization’s depositions. Amendments are effective July 1, 2022, and apply to all cases pending on or filed on or after the effective date.

Minnesota Subpoena Service

Everything you need for a lawful and enforceable foreign subpoena in Minnesota.


Legal Process Minnesota reviews your out-of-state subpoena for completeness, then correctly prepares the Minnesota civil subpoena to conform it to Minnesota law.

Establish Jurisdiction

We hand-deliver your out-of-state subpoena to the relevant Minnesota court administrator for authorization and domestication. The Minnesota court filing fee is included.

Subpoena Service of Process

Process service of your out-of-state subpoena is completed by a professional Minnesota process server promptly after issuance. The process serving fee is included.

Proof of Service

When subpoena process service is complete, Legal Process Minnesota sends you an emailed copy of the Return of Service, and the original document is sent by regular mail.

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With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Legal Process Minnesota is the preferred Minnesota subpoena service.

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