2013 Code of Alabama
Section 14-15-7 - Oral arguments; subpoenas; discovery.

AL Code § 14-15-7 (2013) What's This?
Section 14-15-7Oral arguments; subpoenas; discovery.

(a) Oral argument on any motion in any prisoner pro se civil action shall be heard orally only at the request of the court. Whenever possible, the court shall rule upon the record before it.

(b) No pro se prisoner shall be permitted to request subpoenas for witnesses or documents, or file discovery requests, until the court has ruled upon any motion to dismiss or other dispositive motion.

(c) Where a pro se case proceeds past the initial dispositive motion phase, the court shall require the prisoner seeking discovery to demonstrate that his or her requests are relevant and material to the issues in the case.

(d)(1) No subpoena for witnesses or documents shall be issued unless a judge of the court has reviewed the subpoena request and specifically authorized a subpoena to be issued.

(2) The court shall exercise its discretion in determining the scope of the subpoena and may condition its issuance on such terms as the court finds appropriate.

(3) The court shall take into account the burden placed upon the object of the subpoena in relation to the needs of the case, the amount in controversy, and the importance of the issues at stake in the litigation.

(Act 2013-115, §7.)

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