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How to Domesticate an Out of State Subpoena in Rhode Island under UIDDA

Do you need to Domesticate and Serve an Out of State Subpoena in Rhode Island pursuant to the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act (UIDDA) and R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-18.1-3?


Rhode Island Foreign Subpoena Domestication and Service of Process

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To domesticate a subpoena in a case being litigated in any U.S. state other than Rhode Island (referred to as a “foreign” state) the request for issuance of subpoena together with the required documents must be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the discovery is sought to be conducted in Rhode Island. The subpoena may also be issued by a Rhode Island attorney in good standing with the bar. 

Documents to be filed with the Clerk of the Rhode Island Superior Court in order to domesticate a foreign subpoena include: 

(1)  Foreign Subpoena issued from the home state and jurisdiction.

(2)  Petition for Issuance of a Subpoena pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. 9-18-11.

(3)  Rhode Island Subpoena properly completed.

(4)  Docket sheet from the home state to verify that it is an open case. 

(4)  Filing fee in the amount of $180.75 payable to the Court. 

Rhode Island Superior Court Foreign Subpoena - Civil

R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-18.1-3

​Do you need to domesticate an out of state subpoena (aka "foreign subpoena") and have it served in Rhode Island pursuant to UIDDA and R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-18.1-3?

Our experienced staff can assist to prepare and file the required documents  with the Clerk of the Superior Court in order to have the Rhode Island subpoena issued properly. Once issued, we can proceed to have it served right away and can also advance any required witness fees at the time of service.


Please call or email to have a subpoena domesticated and served in Rhode Island professionally and without delay. 

What is a Subpoena? 

A subpoena is a document that orders a named individual to personally appear at a trial or hearing to:

1) give testimony (known as a Subpoena Ad Testificandum) or

2) to produce documents or objects to be used at a trial or hearing as evidence (known as a Subpoena Duces Tecum).


Subpoena Ad Testificandum – Use this subpoena when an individual's testimony at a trial or hearing is needed. 

Subpoena Duces Tecum – Use this subpoena when an individual's appearance and production of documents or other objects are needed at a trial or hearing. 


Due to the rapidly changing nature of the law, there may be times when the material on this page is not current. We have made every effort to provide complete and accurate information of the general rules governing domestication and service of process of subpoenas in Rhode Island. However, we cannot guarantee the current accuracy of the above listed content, it is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. We assume no liability whatsoever and will not be held responsible directly or indirectly for any damages resulting from any errors, omissions, inaccuracies or your reliance on this partial information.

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