Maine Adopts Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure

Effective August 1, 2008, Maine has adopted amendments to its Rules of Civil Procedure to “address the need for specific treatment of the discovery of electronically stored information.”  As stated in the Advisory Committee Note to Rule 16, the amendments were taken largely from the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and practitioners are instructed that “guidance in the interpretation of the Maine rules may be obtained from the federal amendments, their Advisory Committee’s Notes, and cases applying to the federal rules.”  The amendments affect rules 16, 26, 33, 34, and 37.

To view the amended rules, click here.

Note:  Following adoption of the amended rules, the court adopted corrections to the amendments of rules 34 and 37.  To view the corrections to the amendments of Rule 34 and Rule 37, click here.

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

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