Interrogatories are written questions sent by one party to another, which the responding party must answer under penalty of perjury. Interrogatories allow the parties to ask who, what, when, where and why questions, making them a good method for obtaining new information in a case.
There are two types of interrogatories: form interrogatories and special interrogatories. This Guide will discuss form interrogatories; for more information on special interrogatories, see our Step-by-Step guide on Special Interrogatories.
Form interrogatories are an easy way for parties to ask common questions by simply checking the boxes for the questions they wish to ask. n a limited civil case (cases less than $25,000) you may ask each party only 35 questions total, whether they are form interrogatories, special interrogatories, requests for admission, or requests for production of documents. Keep this limit in mind when writing your requests, to ensure that you are able to obtain all the information you'll need for your case. If you ask the other party to answer 35 interrogatories, you will not be able to request any admissions or request any documents.
Most of the questions included in form interrogatories are fairly easy to understand, if you read them carefully. In this Guide, we will explain the questions included in the general forms (DISC-001 and DISC-004), which mirror each other.
The Judicial Council form commonly used in this procedure is:
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