IL District Court Participates in Mandatory Discovery Pilot Project

discovery pilot projectThis month, the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois announced its participation in a discovery pilot project. The three-year study will examine the discovery practices endorsed by the Judicial Conference of the United States. All Eastern Division magistrate judges and 17 district judges in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois will take part in the program.

The Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project (MIDP) was created to get a better understanding of how initial discovery impacts the cost and timing of litigation procedures in civil cases.

The project requires mandatory initial discovery in all civil cases filed on or after June 1, 2017 other than cases exempted by Rule 26(a)(1)(B)1; actions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (“PSLRA”); patent cases governed by a local rule; and cases transferred for consolidated administration in the District by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

The Northern District Court of Illinois adopted a standing order which lays out all of the requirements for those impacted by the discovery pilot project.

For example, when making initial discovery responses, parties are required to disclose both favorable and unfavorable information relevant to their claims or defenses regardless of whether they intend to use the information in their cases.

Likewise, all parties must file their counterclaims, answers, and replies within the time set for in rule 12(a)(1)-(3), even if they have filed a preliminary motion pursuant to Rule 12(b).

All those impacted by the discovery pilot project must serve their discovery documents and responses by the deadlines laid out in the standing order unless modified by the Court. In turn, plaintiffs and defendants may have to produce discovery more frequently and on a shorter notice.

For more information and training materials regarding the project, please visit the Court’s website.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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