TO: Joint Procedure Committee
FROM: Mike Hagburg
DATE: April 12, 2013
RE: Rule 507, N.D.R.Ev., Trade Secrets
Proposed amendments to Rule 507 based on the 1999 amendments to the Uniform Rules of Evidence are attached. The amendments seem primarily intended to simplify the language of the rule and to remove gender-specific references.
The amendments to this rule replace gender-specific references with "person" while "individual" is used in other amended Uniform Rules. This suggests that a corporate "person" could take advantage of this privilege, while it would be barred from relying on the religious or political vote privileges, for example.