How to subpoena evidence in Minnesota from out of state

Conducting out-of-state discovery in Minnesota may sound straightforward until you realize it can take more time and effort from another state. In addition, an out-of-state subpoena in Minnesota can be tricky, especially if you don't want to invite objections. Legal Process Minnesota has 30 years of experience preparing subpoenas and can manage the precise details for you.

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

Legal Process Minnesota can issue a records subpoena in Minnesota and a foreign deposition subpoena in Minnesota on your behalf. MN 45. Subpoena governs subpoenas in Minnesota, including an out-of-state subpoena issued in Minnesota for the discovery process in a foreign action.

The most important information for legal practitioners to know when serving an out-of-state subpoena in Minnesota for evidence in another state are these specific things:

  • Convert the out-of-state subpoena to Minnesota law to avoid procedural defects and objections.
  • Follow MN 45.06—Interstate Depositions and Discovery to avoid being subjected to sanctions.

Applying the above actions will correctly serve an out-of-state subpoena in Minnesota and make it valid and enforceable in Minnesota.

Please 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. If a Minnesota subpoena is issued, the procedures of MN 45. Subpoena apply to the service and enforcement of that subpoena and other procedures relating to it.

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Prepare the Minnesota civil subpoena form CIV101 to conform the foreign subpoena to Minnesota law.

Establish Jurisdiction

Hand-deliver the foreign subpoena to the relevant Minnesota State Court for issuance. (The Minnesota court filing fee is included in our services).

Subpoena Process Service

Our process server attempts to serve the foreign subpoena promptly after issuance. (Process service of the subpoena is included in our services).

Proof of Service

Prepare the Return of Service when the process service is complete, provide a copy to you by email, and mail the original to you.

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