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Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project for Cases Filed on or After 6/1/17

Beginning June 1, 2017, the Northern District of Illinois is participating in a three-year pilot project, known as the “Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project,” which will study whether requiring parties in civil cases to respond to a series of standard discovery requests before undertaking other discovery will reduce the cost and delay of civil litigation. Participating courts have adopted a Standing Order explaining the parties' obligations under the pilot project and setting forth the initial discovery requests to which the parties must respond. Participation is not optional even if the parties were to agree that they do not want to participate in the Program or be subject to its rules. All civil cases filed on or after June 1, 2017, except those few categories of cases exempted by the Standing Order, are included in the pilot project and subject to the Standing Order. The exempted categories will not and do not include those civil cases commonly appearing on the dockets of our courts. 

The Mandatory Standing Order for Discovery will be found by clicking the link below:

The Mandatory Standing Order for Discovery 

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