After a Petition for Disciplinary or Remedial Action has been filed, discovery is permitted as follows, subject to any scheduling order entered pursuant to Rule 19-722.

(a) Discovery from Bar Counsel. After an Answer has been filed pursuant to Rule 19-724 and within 30 days after a written request from the attorney, Bar Counsel shall (1) provide the attorney with a copy of all material and information accumulated during the investigation and statements as defined in Rule 2-402 (f), (2) provide summaries or reports of all oral statements for which contemporaneously recorded substantially verbatim recitals do not exist, and (3) certify to the attorney in writing that, except for material that constitutes attorney work product or that is subject to a lawful privilege or protective order issued by the circuit court, the material disclosed constitutes the complete record of Bar Counsel as of the date of inspection.

(b) Exculpatory Information. Whether as part of the disclosure pursuant to section (a) of this Rule or otherwise, no later than 30 days following the filing of an Answer, Bar Counsel shall disclose to the attorney all statements and other evidence of which Bar Counsel is aware that (1) directly negate any allegation in the Petition, (2) would be admissible to impeach a witness intended to be called by Bar Counsel, or (3) would be admissible to mitigate any sanction.

(c) Witnesses.

(1) Fact Witnesses. No later than 15 days after the filing of an Answer, Bar Counsel shall provide to the attorney the names and addresses of all persons, other than a rebuttal witness, Bar Counsel intends to call at the hearing. No later than 35 days after the filing of an Answer, the attorney shall provide to Bar Counsel the names and addresses of all persons, other than a rebuttal witness, the attorney intends to call at the hearing.

(2) Expert Witnesses. The designation of expert witnesses is governed by Title 5, Chapter 700.

(d) Other Discovery from the Attorney.

(1) Generally. Bar Counsel may serve interrogatories, requests for production of documents, electronically stored information and property, requests for admission of facts and genuineness of documents, and requests for mental or physical evaluations of the attorney pursuant to Title 2, Chapter 400.

(2) Waiver of Medical Privilege; Medical or Psychological Examination. The assertion by an attorney of the existence of a mental or physical condition or an addiction, as a defense to or in mitigation of a charge of misconduct, or the non-existence of a mental or physical condition or an addiction, as a defense to a charge against the attorney constitutes a waiver of the attorney's medical privilege and permits Bar Counsel to obtain, by subpoena or other legitimate means, medical and psychological records of the attorney relevant to issues presented in the case.

(e) Depositions.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (e)(2) of this Rule, depositions are governed by the Rules in Title 2, Chapter 400.

(2) The Attorney Grievance Commission may not be subject to an organizational designee deposition, pursuant to Rule 2-412 (d), in an attorney disciplinary matter.

(f) Continuing Duty to Disclose. Bar Counsel and the attorney have a continuing duty to supplement promptly the information required to be disclosed under this Rule.

(g) Motions. All discovery motions are governed by Title 2, Chapter 400.

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