LegalYou: Interrogatories

It’s good to ask questions, whether you’re a scientist, journalist, game show host or especially, a party in a civil case. Interrogatories are questions that one party can ask another party about their case. The party that receives interrogatories from an opposing party must answer these questions under oath.

And that party has 30 days to respond to those questions, although the court can allow either a shorter or a longer amount of time. If the other party doesn’t answer an interrogatory question, you can ask the judge to order them to do so Now, an interrogatory is meant to obtain relevant information for the case.

If you receive improper interrogatories to answer, you can object. For example, if the interrogatory asks about something that has nothing to do with the case, you can object that it’s irrelevant.

Interrogatories aren’t intended to annoy or pester litigants.

If too much is being asked, your objection could be that they are overly broad, burdensome, or even harassment. In addition, questions cannot infringe upon privileged communications.

This is information shared in confidential relationships such as with a priest, a doctor, or an attorney. Any objections you have, no matter what they are, must be written down first, filed with the court, and sent to your opponent within 30 days, or you may not be able to raise objections later.

Once the objections are made, you don’t have to answer until the judge rules on their validity. Whether to sustain the objection or overrule it and allow the question. If you have to answer, but the answer is contained in a document already, then you can simply give your opponent those documents instead of specifically researching them yourself. Interrogatories are generally not used for evidence in a trial, but can be admissible in certain situations. LegalYou is there to help you navigate the interrogatory process, along with any other legal concerns.

You have a right to information. All you have to do is ask.

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