Hanna v. Mariposa County Sheriff Dept. et al
ORDER DENYING 114 Plaintiff's Motion for Subpoena Duces Tecum signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 7/7/2014. (Jessen, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RICHARD CHARLES HANNA,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION
FOR SUBPOENA DUCES TECUM
Case No. 1:12-cv-00501-AWI-SAB
(ECF No. 114)
MARIPOSA COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT., et
On September 10, 2013, default was entered against Defendants Mariposa County Sheriff
Department, and Deputies Boehm, King, Remeriz, and Rumfelt. (ECF No. 39.) On September
30, 2013, Plaintiff filed a motion for a subpoena duces tecum for his use in moving for default
judgment against the defendants in this action. (ECF No. 42.) The Court granted Plaintiff’s
motion, however prior to an order being issued to have the subpoena served, the Court
discovered that there was an issue of res judicata due to a similar suit being filed and the order
granting Plaintiff’s motion was vacated. Subsequently on January 23, 2014, the default was set
aside. (ECF No. 96.) On July 7, 2014, Plaintiff filed a motion to have the court serve the
subpoena duces tecum. (ECF No. 114.)
As Plaintiff has been informed, discovery has not opened in this action. Once the district
judge issues a final order on Defendants’ motion to dismiss, a mandatory scheduling conference
1 will take place. After the scheduling conference, a scheduling order will issue setting the dates
2 during which the parties will conduct discovery. At that time, Plaintiff will have the opportunity
3 to request the sought after discovery from Defendants.
Subject to certain requirements set forth herein, Plaintiff may be entitled to the issuance
5 of a subpoena commanding the production of documents from non-parties. Fed. R. Civ. P. 45.
6 However, the Court will consider granting such a request only if the documents sought from the
7 non-party are discoverable, are not equally available to Plaintiff, and are not obtainable from
8 Defendants through a request for production of documents. Fed. R. Civ. P. 45(c); Fed. R. Civ. P.
Plaintiff is entitled to seek discovery of any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to his
11 claims. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b)(1). The discovery sought may include information that is not
12 admissible as long as it appears reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible
13 evidence. Id. In order to obtain a subpoena duces tecum, Plaintiff must inform the court of the
14 purpose of the subpoena. A request for the issuance of a records subpoena requires Plaintiff to:
15 (1) identify with specificity the documents sought and from whom, and (2) make a showing that
16 the records are only obtainable through that third party.
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion for a subpoena duces tecum is HEREBY DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
July 7, 2014
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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