Responding to Requests for Admission
Requests for admission are used to ask another party to admit that certain facts are true, or that certain documents are authentic. If admitted as true or authentic, these facts and documents do not need to be proven or authenticated at trial. This helps reduce the number of disputed facts that the court needs to decide in the case, making trials quicker and less expensive.
The requests for admission that you receive will include a list of statements or facts that the other party wishes you to admit are true. Your answers must be as complete and straightforward as possible (California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 2033.220), and be accurate to the best of your knowledge. You must sign under penalty of perjury that your responses are true and correct (CCP § 2033.240).
You have 30 days from the date the requests were served to you (35 if served by mail within California) to serve your responses to the requests for admission.
Whether the asking party used the Judicial Council form, Request for Admissions (DISC-020), or created their own request on pleading paper, the Request will contain a numbered list of facts that you are being asked to admit, and/or a numbered list of documents, which are then also attached, that you are being asked to admit are genuine. You will need to respond to each of the numbered statements.
There is no Judicial Council form for this procedure. Instead, the relevant document must be typed on 28-line pleading paper. A customizable template may be downloaded from this link:
Click below to download a step-by-step guide with sample forms and instructions:
Discovery: Responding to Requests for Admission, Step by Step