Interrogatories: Another Important Step in Discovery

Interrogatories: Another Important Step in Discovery

The last time I posted about discovery in connection with copyright infringement of one of my novels, I noted how important the initial disclosures are. But those are only one part of discovery. Another important part is called the interrogatories—a list of questions that each side sends to the other. The number of interrogatories are limited by law, and the amount of response time is generally thirty days, unless other aspects of discovery (such as requests for production) are included in the request.

Basically, interrogatories are a written interrogation, and the answers are made under oath and notarized, meaning that it’s important for the plaintiff or defendant to answer to as completely and honestly as possible.

Interrogatories may need to be clarified and go back and forth between parties several times. It is important to consult with your attorney if you think a question isn’t relevant or something you feel is objectionable.

In my copyright case, we are at the interrogatories stage. I had ankle surgery barely a week ago, but I’m hoping to heal fast and get off the pain meds so I can answer the questions sent through my attorney. (They also sent admissions of facts and requests for production). Thankfully, this post has been ready for some time, so it didn’t require concentration, but the legal stuff may have to wait a bit.

I hoped you learned a little more about discovery. We still have admissions of facts, requests for production, and depositions to cover in other posts, but I’ll get to that when I’m up and around. Have a great day!

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