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RULES OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE APPLICABLE IN CIVIL ACTIONS

CIVIL RULES 1 TO 54

V.  DISCOVERY

Rule 24. Production of Documents

(a)  Scope.  Any party may serve on any other party a request: (1) to produce and permit the party making the request, or someone acting on the requestor’s behalf, to inspect, copy, test, or sample any designated documents or electronically stored information including writings, drawings, graphs, charts, photographs, sound recordings, images, and other data or data compilations stored in any medium from which information can be obtained, translated, if necessary, by the respondent into reasonably usable form, or to inspect and copy, test, or sample any designated tangible things which constitute or contain matters within the scope of Rule 21(b) and which are in the possession, custody or control of the party upon whom the request is served; or (2) to permit entry upon designated land or other property in the possession or control of the party upon whom the request is served for the purpose of inspection and measuring, surveying, photographing, testing, or sampling the property or any designated object or operation thereon, within the scope of Rule 21(b).

(b)  Procedure.

            (1)  The request shall set forth, either by individual item or by category, the items to be inspected, and describe each with reasonable particularity.  The request shall specify a reasonable time, place, and manner of making the inspection and performing the related acts.

            (2)  The party upon whom the request is served shall serve a written response within 30 days after the service of the request.  A shorter or longer time may be directed by the court or, in the absence of such an order, agreed to in writing by the parties.  The response shall state, with respect to each item or category, that inspection and related activities will be permitted as requested, unless the request is objected to, in which event the reasons for the objection shall be stated.  If objection is made to part of an item or category, the part shall be specified and inspection permitted of the remaining parts.

            (3)  A party who produces documents for inspection 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.


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