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The situations are all too familiar – maybe you have just received discovery requests from opposing counsel and they are asking for your clients to provide more information than if they were going through a Senate confirmation hearing. Or you have propounded reasonable discovery requests only to find that your opposing counsel is objecting to every request using just the phrase “We don’t want to provide that. “Or opposing counsel has sent you thousands of pages of documents and, for every discovery response, has stated “It’s probably in there somewhere.”

Discovery can be a time consuming and often very frustrating part of litigation. Often, the rules don’t provide enough information to cover every possible situation and you can often feel like you are adrift in a sea of responses.

As a part of its Pause for Professionalism video series, the Professionalism Committee has recently released a video of Hon. Tim A. Baker, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in a video entitled “Civility in Discovery.” Judge Baker provides helpful hints for how to solve discovery disputes as well as some common pitfalls to avoid. Judge Baker also provides some insight for how much judges want parties to resolve their discovery issues without the intervention of the bench. Judge Baker’s comments and tips provide insight to practitioners across the board and can assist with discovery issues in every court.

New videos will be distributed every other month and are available on the IndyBar website at http://www.indybar.org/resources/video-gallery.php. If you have any suggestions for future topics regarding professionalism and civility, please email them to Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org.•

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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