Can you refuse to answer interrogatories?
If you are unable to answer an interrogatory because it is too vague, ambiguous, or somehow objectionable, you can state an objection and the reason for your objection. You must then answer to the extent the interrogatory is not objectionable.
What happens if Discovery is not answered?
If answer is not made in that time, the party who issued discovery can request the court to enter sanctions against the non-answering party. Sanctions: Official penalty/punishment. Sanctions can include any “just” penalty including dismissing the case, striking pleadings and ordering payment of attorney fees.
What are the three forms of discovery?
That disclosure is accomplished through a methodical process called “discovery.” Discovery takes three basic forms: written discovery, document production and depositions.
How far back can discovery go?
Re: How far back can discovery go? They can go back as far as they want to, however, if you get a discovery request for bank statements from 20 years ago, you should be ok just saying you don’t have them and they are not readily available. Then they can try and subpoena the information if they really want it.
How long does it take to get a motion of discovery?
The parties have 20 to 30 days to answer and produce the documents. The judge can set a time limit on discovery, generally giving the parties 3 to 6 months to complete the process. Sometimes there are discovery disputes that must be resolved by the court.
Do cases settle after discovery?
There is no given time where all cases settle, or a guarantee that any particular case will end in a settlement. However, the majority of civil lawsuits (which includes personal injury cases) settle before trial. Many of these cases will settle at the close of the discovery phase, which includes depositions.