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Discovery: Business Records Subpoena

Getting Business Records for Litigation


Parties in  a lawsuit can use "business records subpoenas" to obtain records and information from third parties, such as banks, employers, or police departments. Special requirements apply if the records are "consumer" or "employee" records. This guide discusses the process and provides step-by-step instructions and samples.

Warning! The process can take up to 30 days even if everything goes smoothly, so plan ahead. See the Worksheet to Determine Dates for Service at the end of the Guide.


The Judicial Council forms commonly used in this procedure are: 

Click here to download this Guide, with step-by-step instructions, including sample forms:

 Discovery: Business Records Subpoena, Step by Step

updated  kf 1/2015