04 NCAC 10L .0104          FORM 36 – SUBPOENA

(a) The parties to a claim shall use the following Form 36, Subpoena, to subpoena a person(s) to appear and testify and/or produce documents for inspection before the Commission.  The Form 36, Subpoena, shall read as follows:

 

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA     File No. _____________

________________ County            North Carolina Industrial Commission

___________________________

VERSUS

___________________________

SUBPOENA

G.S. 1A-1, Rule 45; G.S. 8-59; G.S. 97-80(e)

 

Party Requesting Subpoena

___ NCIC/State/Plaintiff   ___ Defendant

 

NOTE TO PARTIES NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL:  Subpoenas may be produced at your request, but must be signed and issued by a Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, or the Executive Secretary.

 

TO:  Name and Address of Person Subpoenaed _______________________________________________

Alternate Address ______________________________________________________________________

Telephone No. _________________________________________________________________________

Alternate Telephone No. _________________________________________________________________

 

YOU ARE COMMANDED TO: (check all that apply):

___ appear and testify, in the above entitled action, before the Industrial Commission at the place, date and time indicated below.

___ appear and testify, in the above entitled action, at a deposition at the place, date and time indicated below.

___ produce and permit inspection and copying of the following items, at the place, date and time indicated below. (A party shall not issue a subpoena duces tecum less than 30 days prior to the hearing date except upon prior approval of the Commission. G.S. 97-80(e).)

___ See attached list. (List here if space sufficient)

_______________________________________________________________________________

Location of Hearing/Place of Deposition/Place to Produce ________________________________________

Date to Appear/Produce _____________________

Time to Appear/Produce ___:___   __ AM   __ PM

Name and Address of Applicant or Applicant's Attorney ________________________________________

Date ____________________

Signature of Official or Attorney _________________________________________

___ Deputy Commissioner                ___ Commissioner              ___ Executive Secretary                    ___ Attorney

Telephone No. of Applicant or Applicant's Attorney____________________________________________

 

RETURN OF SERVICE

I certify this subpoena was received and served on the person subpoenaed as follows:

By

___ personal delivery.

___ registered or certified mail, receipt requested and attached.

___ service by Sheriff.

___ I was unable to serve this subpoena. Reason unable to serve: ________________________________

 

Service Fee  $ ___________

___ Paid

___ Due

Date Served ________

Name of Authorized Server (Type Or Print) __________________________

Signature of Authorized Server ____________________________________

Title ______________________

 

NOTE TO PERSON REQUESTING SUBPOENA:  A copy of this subpoena must be delivered, mailed or faxed to the attorney for each party in this case.  If a party is not represented by an attorney, the copy must be mailed or delivered to the party.

 

NOTE: Rule 45, North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, Subsections (c) and (d).  (With respect to the provisions of Rule 45 cited below as they apply to this subpoena, the North Carolina Industrial Commission is the "court" and the "court in the county."  All motions regarding this subpoena shall be filed with the North Carolina Industrial Commission pursuant to 04 NCAC 10A .0609.)

(c)  Protection of Persons Subject to Subpoena

(1)  Avoid undue burden or expense. - A party or an attorney responsible for the issuance and service of a subpoena shall take reasonable steps to avoid imposing an undue burden or expense on a person subject to the subpoena. The court shall enforce this subdivision and impose upon the party or attorney in violation of this requirement an appropriate sanction that may include compensating the person unduly burdened for lost earnings and for reasonable attorney's fees.

(2)  For production of public records or hospital medical records. - Where the subpoena commands any custodian of public records or any custodian of hospital medical records, as defined in G.S. 8-44.1, to appear for the sole purpose of producing certain records in the custodian's custody, the custodian subpoenaed may, in lieu of personal appearance, tender to the court in which the action is pending by registered or certified mail or by personal delivery, on or before the time specified in the subpoena, certified copies of the records requested together with a copy of the subpoena and an affidavit by the custodian testifying that the copies are true and correct copies and that the records were made and kept in the regular course of business, or if no such records are in the custodian's custody, an affidavit to that effect. When the copies of records are personally delivered under this subdivision, a receipt shall be obtained from the person receiving the records. Any original or certified copy of records or an affidavit delivered according to the provisions of this subdivision, unless otherwise objectionable, shall be admissible in any action or proceeding without further certification or authentication. Copies of hospital medical records tendered under this subdivision shall not be open to inspection or copied by any person, except to the parties to the case or proceedings and their attorneys in depositions, until ordered published by the judge at the time of the hearing or trial. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to waive the physician-patient privilege or to require any privileged communication under law to be disclosed.

(3)  Written objection to subpoena. - Subject to subsection (d) of this rule, a person commanded to appear at a deposition or to produce and permit the inspection and copying of records, books, papers, documents, electronically stored information, or tangible things may, within 10 days after service of the subpoena or before the time specified for compliance if the time is less than 10 days after service, serve upon the party or the attorney designated in the subpoena written objection to the subpoena, setting forth the specific grounds for the objection. The written objection shall comply with the requirements of Rule 11 of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. Each of the following grounds may be sufficient for objecting to a subpoena:

a.             The subpoena fails to allow reasonable time for compliance.

b.             The subpoena requires disclosure of privileged or other protected matter and no exception or waiver applies to the privilege or protection.

c.             The subpoena subjects a person to an undue burden or expense.

d.             The subpoena is otherwise unreasonable or oppressive.

e.             The subpoena is procedurally defective.

(4)  Order of court required to override objection. - If objection is made under subdivision (3) of this subsection, the party serving the subpoena shall not be entitled to compel the subpoenaed person's appearance at a deposition or to inspect and copy materials to which an objection has been made except pursuant to an order of the court. If objection is made, the party serving the subpoena may, upon notice to the subpoenaed person, move at any time for an order to compel the subpoenaed person's appearance at the deposition or the production of the materials designated in the subpoena. The motion shall be filed in the court in the county in which the deposition or production of materials is to occur.

(5)  Motion to quash or modify subpoena. - A person commanded to appear at a trial, hearing, deposition, or to produce and permit the inspection and copying of records, books, papers, documents, electronically stored information, or other tangible things, within 10 days after service of the subpoena or before the time specified for compliance if the time is less than 10 days after service, may file a motion to quash or modify the subpoena. The court shall quash or modify the subpoena if the subpoenaed person demonstrates the existence of any of the reasons set forth in subdivision (3) of this subsection. The motion shall be filed in the court in the county in which the trial, hearing, deposition, or production of materials is to occur.

(6)  Order to compel; expenses to comply with subpoena. - When a court enters an order compelling a deposition or the production of records, books, papers, documents, electronically stored information, or other tangible things, the order shall protect any person who is not a party or an agent of a party from significant expense resulting from complying with the subpoena. The court may order that the person to whom the subpoena is addressed will be reasonably compensated for the cost of producing the records, books, papers, documents, electronically stored information, or tangible things specified in the subpoena.

(7)  Trade secrets; confidential information. - When a subpoena requires disclosure of a trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial information, a court may, to protect a person subject to or affected by the subpoena, quash or modify the subpoena, or when the party on whose behalf the subpoena is issued shows a substantial need for the testimony or material that cannot otherwise be met without undue hardship, the court may order a person to make an appearance or produce the materials only on specified conditions stated in the order.

(8)  Order to quash; expenses. - When a court enters an order quashing or modifying the subpoena, the court may order the party on whose behalf the subpoena is issued to pay all or part of the subpoenaed person's reasonable expenses including attorney's fees.

(d)  Duties in Responding to Subpoena

(1)  Form of response. - A person responding to a subpoena to produce records, books, documents, electronically stored information, or tangible things shall produce them as they are kept in the usual course of business or shall organize and label them to correspond with the categories in the request.

(2)  Form of producing electronically stored information not specified. - If a subpoena does not specify a form for producing electronically stored information, the person responding must produce it in a form or forms in which it ordinarily is maintained or in a reasonably useable form or forms.

(3)  Electronically stored information in only one form. - The person responding need not produce the same electronically stored information in more than one form.

(4)  Inaccessible electronically stored information. - The person responding need not provide discovery of electronically stored information from sources that the person identifies as not reasonably accessible because of undue burden or cost. On motion to compel discovery or for a protective order, the person responding must show that the information is not reasonably accessible because of undue burden or cost. If that showing is made, the court may nonetheless order discovery from such sources if the requesting party shows good cause, after considering the limitations of Rule 26(b)(1a) of the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. The court may specify conditions for discovery, including requiring the party that seeks discovery from a nonparty to bear the costs of locating, preserving, collecting, and producing the electronically stored information involved.

(5)  Specificity of objection. - When information subject to a subpoena is withheld on the objection that it is subject to protection as trial preparation materials, or that it is otherwise privileged, the objection shall be made with specificity and shall be supported by a description of the nature of the communications, records, books, papers, documents, electronically stored information, or other tangible things not produced, sufficient for the requesting party to contest the objection.

 

INFORMATION FOR WITNESS

NOTE:  If you have any questions about being subpoenaed as a witness, you should contact the person named on Page One of this Subpoena in the box labeled "Name And Address Of Applicant Or Applicant's Attorney."

 

DUTIES OF A WITNESS

·         Unless otherwise directed by the presiding Deputy Commissioner or Commissioner, you must answer all questions asked when you are on the stand giving testimony.

·         In answering questions, speak clearly and loudly enough to be heard.

·         Your answers to questions must be truthful.

·         If you are commanded to produce any items, you must bring them with you to court or to the deposition.

·         You must continue to attend court until released by the court. You must continue to attend a deposition until the deposition is completed.

 

BRIBING OR THREATENING A WITNESS

It is a violation of State law for anyone to attempt to bribe, threaten, harass, or intimidate a witness. If anyone attempts to do any of these things concerning your involvement as a witness in a case, you should promptly report that to the presiding Deputy Commissioner or Commissioner.

 

Form 36 (Rev. 4/14)

 

(b) The copy of the form described in Paragraph (a) of this Rule can be accessed at http://www.ic.nc.gov/forms/form36.pdf.  The form may be reproduced only in the format available at http://www.ic.nc.gov/forms/form36.pdf and may not be altered or amended in any way.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 1A-1, Rule 45; 8-59; 97-80(a); 97-80(e); 97-81(a); S.L. 2013-294, s. 8.(12);

Eff. July 1, 2014.