What is a notice to produce?
A notice to produce is a part of the discovery process in civil procedure. Essentially, when a requesting party serves a responding party with a notice to produce, they are requiring that certain items under the control of the responding party be submitted to the requesting party for purposes of inspection or other related acts. The requesting party must follow certain guidelines when filing a notice to produce, particularly specifying the items they require and the form of such items, as well as providing a reasonable meeting date for the actually inspection process to take place. Once served with a notice to produce, a responding party has 30 days to respond to the request with a written response directed at each individual item listed, in which they can either object to producing for a valid reason or permit the inspection process.
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