192nd Judicial District Court
Hon. Craig Smith, Presiding
George L. Allen, Sr. Courts Building – 600 Commerce Street, 7th Floor New Tower, Dallas, TX 75202
Where issues concerning the discovery of electronically-stored information arise or are likely to arise, the Court advises counsel to consult Rule 196.4 and Rule 192.3 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. In addition, the Court encourages counsel to meet and confer early in the case to discuss and attempt to reach agreement with respect to electronically-stored information to be requested or produced, the manner of production, any issues relating to the preservation of evidence, and a schedule that will enable discovery to be completed within the time permitted by the Rules of Procedure or the scheduling order.
An early conference can include the following issues, where appropriate,
Where difficulties relating to electronic discovery arise early, the Court invites counsel to contact the Court to plan a scheduling conference. Where an agreement cannot be reached regarding electronic discovery, the Court may direct counsel to exchange information - tailored to the case at issue - to move the discovery process along expeditiously.
For further guidance, see In re Weekley Homes, L.P., 52 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 1231 (2009).
Effective date: 1 December 2009