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DC Bar Disciplinary Rules

(a) Issuance of subpoenas. In carrying out this rule, any member of the Board, any member of a Hearing Committee in matters before the Committee, the Executive Attorney, or Disciplinary Counsel in matters under investigation may, subject to Superior Court Civil Rule 45, compel by subpoena the attendance of witnesses and the production of pertinent books, papers, documents, and other tangible objects at the time and place designated in the subpoena. An attorney who is a respondent in a disciplinary proceeding or is under investigation by Disciplinary Counsel may, subject to Superior Court Civil Rule 45, compel by subpoena the attendance of witnesses and the production of pertinent books, papers, documents, and other tangible objects before a Hearing Committee after formal disciplinary proceedings are instituted. Subpoena and witness fees and mileage costs shall be the same as those in the Superior Court. (b) Subpoenas issued during investigations. A subpoena issued during the course of an investigation shall clearly state on its face that it is issued in connection with a confidential investigation under this rule. A consultation with an attorney by a person subpoenaed shall not be regarded as a breach of confidentiality.
(c) Quashing subpoenas. Any challenge to the validity of a subpoena issued in accordance with this section shall be heard and determined by a Hearing Committee designated by the Executive Attorney. The decision of the Hearing Committee shall not be subject to an interlocutory appeal but may be reviewed by the Board and subsequently by the Court as part of their review of the case in which the subpoena is issued.
(d) Enforcement of subpoenas. The Court may, upon proper application, enforce the attendance and testimony of any witnesses and the production of any documents or tangible objects so subpoenaed.
(e) Subpoena pursuant to law of another jurisdiction. Whenever a subpoena is sought in the District of Columbia pursuant to the law of another jurisdiction for use in lawyer discipline or disability investigations or proceedings in that jurisdiction, and where the application for issuance of the subpoena has been duly approved or authorized under the law of that jurisdiction, Disciplinary Counsel (in a case where the request is by the disciplinary authority of the foreign jurisdiction) or an attorney admitted to practice in this jurisdiction (in a case where the request is by a respondent in a proceeding in the foreign jurisdiction), may issue a subpoena as provided in this Section to compel the attendance of witnesses and production of documents in the District of Columbia, or elsewhere as agreed by the witnesses, for use in such foreign investigations or proceedings or in defense thereof. Service, enforcement and challenges to such subpoenas shall be as provided in this Section and incorporated rules.
(f) Request for foreign subpoena in aid of proceeding in this jurisdiction. In a lawyer discipline or disability investigation or proceeding pending in this jurisdiction, both Disciplinary Counsel and a respondent may apply for the issuance of subpoenas in other jurisdictions, pursuant to the rules of those jurisdictions, where such application is in aid of such investigation or proceeding or in defense thereto, and to the extent that Disciplinary Counsel or the respondent could issue compulsory process or obtain formal prehearing discovery under the provisions of this Rule or the rules issued by the Board on Professional Responsibility.

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