What Is an Interrogatory?

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What Is an Interrogatory?

An interrogatory is a tool available to receive evidence from the opposing party during discovery. It is written question, usually part of a list of approximately 30 or more questions, about the party to whom the interrogatory is being sent and issues in the lawsuit. The court will typically limit the list of interrogatories that may be asked at any one time in accordance with the applicable court discovery rules. This limitation is enforced to prevent one party from harassing the opposing party with thousands of irrelevant questions.

The party receiving the list of interrogatories must give a response to all of the questions.

Is There a Time Limit on Answering a List of Interrogatories?

Yes. A party who has received a list of interrogatories normally has about 30 days to answer and return them.

Can I Lie on the Interrogatories?

No. The party receiving the interrogatories must answer truthfully because they are required to answer each interrogatory to the best of their ability. 

A party will face civil and criminal penalties if they decide to lie or knowingly give incomplete information in response to an interrogatory.

What If the Interrogatories Are Not Related to the Lawsuit?

Under certain circumstances, a party’s lawyer may object to the questions listed in the interrogatory. However, the lawyer must have a good reason for objecting such as the questions being improper.

What Types of Questions Are Asked on an Interrogatory List?

There are two types of questions asked as a part of a list of interrogatories:

General questions include basic questions about a person’s name and address. Specific questions usually involve details about the case such as being under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.

Should I Contact a Lawyer about Interrogatories?

A list of interrogatories is a complex set of questions that a person has to answer at a stressful time. The wrong answers can get a person in trouble or drastically change the outcome of a case. It is highly recommended you talk with a personal injury lawyer before answering any of questions.

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Last Modified: 06-09-2015 03:44 PM PDT

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