Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act; created. (SB958)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act; creation. Replaces current provisions in the Virginia Code (the Uniform Foreign Depositions Act) with this Uniform Act that was adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2007. The Act provides that a party may submit a subpoena issued by a court of record from another state to the clerk of the circuit court serving the jurisdiction in which discovery is sought in the Commonwealth. The foreign subpoena must be accompanied by a written statement that the law of the foreign jurisdiction grants reciprocal privileges for taking discovery by citizens of the Commonwealth. Upon receipt of the foreign subpoena, the clerk shall issue a subpoena for service upon the person to whom the foreign subpoena was directed. The Act further provides that the laws of the Commonwealth govern the service of the subpoena and any action brought for a protective order or to enforce, quash, or modify the subpoena. The Act also requires that the provisions of the Act may only be used by parties in jurisdictions that provide reciprocal privileges to residents of Virginia. This bill is a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090255606
01/12/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/26/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2009Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2009Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/18/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting
02/20/2009Reported from Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Read second time
02/25/2009Read third time
02/25/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/25/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB958ER)
03/05/2009Signed by President
03/06/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 701 (effective 7/1/09)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0701)