LegalYou: Request for Production

You may collect baseball cards, stamps, model trains, or exotic animals.

But there may come a time when your collecting skills must be put to important use, namely in a civil court case. During a case, the process of discovery allows you to collect information in support of your case.

One of the ways to get this crucial information is not by using CIA torture tactics, but by something called requests for production. Request for production is when one party asked the other to provide any documents, electronically stored information, or other tangible items.

Things like hard copy files and email messages.

As long as they’re not legally privileged, protected, then the responding party must supply these requests. If they can’t, or won’t, they must explain to the requester why this is the case. If the requester isn’t satisfied with the explanation, they can file what’s called a motion to compel.

This is an attempt to try and obtain the documents anyway. Some of the most common things requested for production are copies of bills, copies of policies, copies of records, audio and video recordings, photographs, other multimedia items associated with the claims.

Also, you may seek permission to inspect land or property owned by your opponent, if it has to do with the case. Remember, LegalYou can help you with any and all matters of discovery, including request for production. Because you can’t defend what you can’t prove, and proof isn’t going to be handed to you, you have to go get it.

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