Discovery Methods – Form Interrogatories


1. What is an Interrogatory?

An interrogatory is a question. Interrogatories are a set of questions. Interrogatories are a means to obtain evidence through a series of questions. Think of it like an interview on paper.  The California Judicial Council has created a set of form interrogatories, or forms containing questions, that are one of the first steps in the evidence gathering phase of a lawsuit.

2. What are the PROS of using Form Interrogatories?

The forms are free and can be obtained on-line at the Judicial Council website. They are a good way to initiate the evidence gathering phase.

3. What are the CONS of using Form Interrogatories?

There is a myth that form interrogatories are objection proof. They are not. The other party, if they are represented or are really into suing people, will likely have a good grasp of how to evade answering the questions fully or how to object to them on a variety of grounds. Form Interrogatories also don’t allow for follow-up questions, like in a deposition, so you will have to accept whatever answers are given or follow-up with special interrogatories. (More to follow on Special Interrogatories next week!)

4.   Where can I find them?

Form Interrogatories-General

Form Interrogatories-Employment Law

Form Interrogatories-Unlawful Detainer

Form Interrogatories-Limited Civil Case (Economic Litigation)

Case Questionnaire-Limited Civil Cases (Under $25,000)

 by Attorney Judith Elaine Hoover on 08/01/11

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