New MRCP 26
January 13, 2020 § 2 Comments
In case you missed it, the MSSC adopted a new version of MRCP 26 that went into effect January 1, 2020.
You can find it at this link. There’s too much new to cram into this space. You would do well to study it and change your practice accordingly.
As I see it, the changes will primarily affect three groups:
- Lawyers who do discovery.
- Lawyers who don’t bother to read the rules.
- Lawyers who use expert witnesses.
Does MRCP 26(g) require that each individually numbered interrogatory or request be signed or the document as a whole. It states: “Every discovery request, response, or objection must be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney’s own name–or by the party personally, if unrepresented-and must state the signer’s address, e-mail address, and telephone number,” but I was wondering if the wording means each numbered request or by signing at the bottom of the entire document if the attorney and/or party is asserting the truth of the entire document.
In think the rule intends that one signature appear as is now customary at the end of the document, not in connection with every individual request or response. Some lawyers have always signed individual objections.