A joint discovery plan is a formal method of establishing a common discovery arrangement for related cases pending in federal courts. They can include scheduling agreements, alternative dispute resolution, cooperation for the planning of and attendance at depositions, and the creation of common document depositories, among other matters.
Early drafting and filing of a joint discovery plan may help reduce the parties’ discovery expenses, minimize inconvenience to witnesses and third parties involved in discovery, limit the waste of judicial resources, and help parties direct their preferred course of litigation.
When is the joint discovery plan due?
The joint discovery plan is due fourteen (14) days after the Rule 26(f) conference. Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f)(2).