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Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project


The “Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project” studies whether requiring parties in civil cases to respond to standard discovery requests before undertaking other discovery reduces the cost and delay of civil litigation.

Courts currently participating int this pilot project are the District of Arizona (beginning on May 1, 2017) and the Northern District of Illinois (beginning on June 1, 2017).

The pilot project is governed in participating courts by a Standing Order, and a Users’ Manual explains the project’s procedures and requirements. A Checklist summarizes requirements in a time line.

Model Standing Order

Model Users’ Manual

Model Checklist