Criminal Justice Standards

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.

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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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