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An interrogatory is a written question that is formally posed by one party to a legal dispute to the other party or parties involved in the dispute, as part of the pretrial discovery process. Interrogatories are typically used in civil litigation and are a way for the parties to obtain information from each other that may be relevant to the case. The answers to the interrogatories must be provided in writing under oath and are used as evidence during the trial. Interrogatories can cover a wide range of topics related to the dispute, including facts of the case, legal theories, witness testimony, and any relevant documents.

Following an accident, you may have numerous inquiries for the other party involved. Luckily, the law grants you the power to obtain the information you require from the opposing side in your lawsuit. One way to gather essential facts that can assist you in building a case, or protecting yourself in one, is through the use of interrogatories. Nevertheless, there are restrictions to the use of interrogatories and responsibilities that come with receiving one. It is crucial to understand what an interrogatory is, how to utilize it effectively, and the obligations you must fulfill upon receiving one. Gaining this knowledge can be valuable in navigating your legal proceedings.

Interrogatories in Texas:

Interrogatories are commonly used in Texas as a part of the discovery process in civil litigation. The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure allow for each party to submit written interrogatories to the other party or parties involved in the case. The number and scope of interrogatories that can be submitted are limited by the rules. Generally, each party is allowed to submit no more than 25 interrogatories, unless the court grants permission to submit more. Additionally, the interrogatories must be reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence, and must not be overly burdensome or oppressive.

Types of Questions:

Interrogatories are a common tool used in legal proceedings to gather information about a case. Typically, they are open-ended questions that require the responding party to describe facts or claims related to the case. Unlike multiple choice questions, interrogatories demand detailed responses that provide as much information as possible.

In some cases, interrogatories may not even be in the form of questions, but rather a list of topics that require a response. For example, in a car accident claim, interrogatories may ask the following:

  • whether the responding party consumed any substances before the accident
  • the names of individuals who provided a statement about the accident
  • a description of what the defendant (the other driver) could have done to prevent the injury

Modern interrogatories can be lengthy and comprehensive, covering a range of topics from the responding party’s personal information to the specifics of their injuries and medical treatment. Responding to such detailed interrogatories can be daunting, but the responding party’s lawyer will guide them through the process and provide support to gather all the necessary information.