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RULE §159.151Prehearing Discovery

(a) A request for discovery may not be filed before the request for hearing has been received by the Department.

(b) No party shall file copies of discovery requests with SOAH.

(c) Depositions, interrogatories, and requests for admission shall not be permitted in ALR proceedings.

(d) Both parties have the right to review, inspect, and obtain copies of any non-privileged documents or records in the other party's possession.

(e) A request for discovery must be on a separate document from other pleadings and notices and clearly labeled as a request for discovery.

(f) A defendant's request for discovery from DPS's ALR Division shall be served in the manner specified in 37 Texas Administrative Code §17.16 (relating to Service on the Department of Certain Items Required to be Served on, Mailed to, or Filed with the Department). DPS's request shall be served on Defendant at the address of record.

(g) Except as provided in subsection (j) of this section, responses to discovery shall be sent to the requesting parties within five days after receipt of the request.

(h) If a party does not have any or all of the documents in its actual possession, it shall respond within five days of the request, stating that it does not have the documents in its actual possession. A party must supplement all its discovery responses within five days from the time the party receives the discoverable documents.

(i) If a document sought through discovery is received by the requesting party fewer than ten days before the scheduled hearing, the judge may grant a continuance on the request of either party. The judge may grant only one continuance based on recently obtained discovery.

(j) A defendant may request inspection, maintenance and/or repair records for the instrument used to test the defendant's breath specimen for the period covering 30 days prior to the test date and 30 days following the test date. If the records are in the actual possession of DPS, DPS shall supply the records to the defendant within ten days of receipt of the request. If DPS fails to provide properly requested records after the defendant has paid reasonable copying charges for them, evidence of the breath specimen shall not be admitted into evidence.

(k) A party that seeks relevant, probative records from a third party may request issuance of a subpoena duces tecum pursuant to Subchapter C (relating to Witnesses and Subpoenas) to have the evidence produced at the hearing. If a person subpoenaed under this section does not appear, the judge may grant a continuance to allow for enforcement of the subpoena.

Source Note: The provisions of this §159.151 adopted to be effective January 20, 2009, 34 TexReg 333; amended to be effective January 1, 2017, 41 TexReg 9459

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