Supreme Court of Ohio Adopts E-Discovery Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure

The Supreme Court of Ohio has adopted several amendments to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, including several related to electronic discovery.  The amendments, which took effect on July 1, 2008, include changes to Rules 16, 26, 33, 34, 37, and 45.  According to the Supreme Court’s press release, key amendments include:

clarifying that issues related to electronically stored information are appropriate topics for resolution during pretrial conferences; clarifying that discovery of electronically stored information is permitted; amending to provide factors a judge should consider in determining sanctions when a party has destroyed potentially relevant electronically stored information; and specifying that a subpoena may be used to obtain electronically stored information from nonparties.

View Ohio’s amended rules here.

For a current list of all states that have enacted special e-discovery rules, see our updated post here.

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