28 U.S.C. § 1782 : US Code - Section 1782: Assistance to foreign and international tribunals and to litigants before such tribunals

Search 28 U.S.C. § 1782 : US Code - Section 1782: Assistance to foreign and international tribunals and to litigants before such tribunals

      (a) The district court of the district in which a person resides
    or is found may order him to give his testimony or statement or to
    produce a document or other thing for use in a proceeding in a
    foreign or international tribunal, including criminal
    investigations conducted before formal accusation. The order may be
    made pursuant to a letter rogatory issued, or request made, by a
    foreign or international tribunal or upon the application of any
    interested person and may direct that the testimony or statement be
    given, or the document or other thing be produced, before a person
    appointed by the court. By virtue of his appointment, the person
    appointed has power to administer any necessary oath and take the
    testimony or statement. The order may prescribe the practice and
    procedure, which may be in whole or part the practice and procedure
    of the foreign country or the international tribunal, for taking
    the testimony or statement or producing the document or other
    thing. To the extent that the order does not prescribe otherwise,
    the testimony or statement shall be taken, and the document or
    other thing produced, in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil
    Procedure.
      A person may not be compelled to give his testimony or statement
    or to produce a document or other thing in violation of any legally
    applicable privilege.
      (b) This chapter does not preclude a person within the United
    States from voluntarily giving his testimony or statement, or
    producing a document or other thing, for use in a proceeding in a
    foreign or international tribunal before any person and in any
    manner acceptable to him.