Amendments to National and
Local Rules Effective 12/1/2000
Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d) (below)
as amended December 1, 2000, must be followed in determining whether
to file discovery materials. Fed.
R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1) and (2) disclosures, as well as depositions,
interrogatories, requests for documents or to permit entry upon
land, and requests for admission are generally not filed
with the clerkÝs office.
According to Fed. R. Civ. P. 83(a)(1),
local rules may not be duplicative of national rules. Therefore,
LR 5.2(a) and (b) were repealed effective December 1, 2000. The
repeal of LR 5.2(a) and (b) does not imply that discovery
is now to be filed in the Northern District of Texas.
Rule 5. Serving and Filing Pleadings
and Other Papers.
(d) Filing; Certificate of Service. All
papers after the complaint required to be served upon a party, together
with a certificate of service, must be filed with the court within
a reasonable time after service, but disclosures under Rule 26(a)(1)
or (2) and the following discovery requests and responses must
not be filed until they are used in the proceeding or the court
orders filing: (i) depositions, (ii) interrogatories, (iii) requests
for documents or to permit entry upon land, and (iv) requests for
admission. (emphasis added)