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DISCOVERY

In August 1994, the ABA House of Delegates approved these “black letter” standards that have been published with commentary in ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: Discovery and Trial by Jury, 3d ed., © 1996 American Bar Association. For the text of the publication, click here. To go directly to individual “black letter” standards (without commentary), click on the links below. For information about purchasing the printed volume, please see Standards Ordering Information


PART I. GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Standard 11-1.1      Objectives of pretrial procedures
Standard 11-1.2      Applicability
Standard 11-1.3      Definition of "statement"

PART II. DISCOVERY OBLIGATIONS OF THE PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE

Standard 11-2.1     Prosecutorial disclosure
Standard 11-2.2     Defense disclosure
Standard 11-2.3     The person of the defendant

PART III. SPECIAL DISCOVERY PROCEDURES

Standard 11-3.1     Obtaining nontestimonial information from third parties
Standard 11-3.2     Preservation of evidence and testing or evaluation by experts

PART IV. TIMING AND MANNER OF DISCLOSURE

Standard 11-4.1     Timely performance of disclosure
Standard 11-4.2     Manner of performing disclosure
Standard 11-4.3     Obligation to obtain discoverable material

PART V. DISPOSITIONS

Standard 11-5.1     Depositions to perpetuate testimony
Standard 11-5.2     Discovery depositions

PART VI. GENERAL PROVISIONS GOVERNING DISCOVERY

Standard 11-6.1     Restrictions on disclosure
Standard 11-6.2     Failure of a party to use disclosed material at trial
Standard 11-6.3     Investigations not to be impeded
Standard 11-6.4     Custody of materials
Standard 11-6.5     Protective orders
Standard 11-6.6     Excision
Standard 11-6.7     In camera proceedings

PART VII. SANCTIONS

Standard 11-7.1     Sanctions

 

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