U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont Amends Local Rules to Address E-Discovery

Effective September 1, 2007, the United States District Court for the District of Vermont amended its Local Rules to address the discovery of electronically stored information (“ESI”).  Section (b) of Local Rule 26.1 now requires, where appropriate, the inclusion of deadlines for the disclosure of ESI, and affords an additional 15 days time in which the Discovery Schedule may be filed – Discovery Schedules are due within 45 days (instead of 30) after the filing of the Answer.

In addition, the Court’s Local Form, “Stipulated Discovery Schedule/Order,” has been amended to include language instructing parties to include deadlines for the disclosure of ESI, along with “any other agreements the parties reach, for example, agreements concerning the assertion of privilege or work product after production.”

The Clerk of Court’s Notice of Changes to Local Rules of Procedure is available here, and highlights the recent amendments.

Click on the following links to see amended LR 26.1 and the new local form:

Local Rule 26.1 Discovery

Local Form Rule 26.1(b): Stipulated Discovery Schedule/Order

For a complete listing of local federal rules and guidelines addressing electronic discovery, see our updated post on the subject here.

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