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Written interrogatories under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 33

Written interrogatories under Rule 33 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are the topic of this blog post.

Discovery in adversary proceedings is permitted pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). While depositions are permitted the use of other discovery methods is often more cost effective.

Written interrogatories to the other party are permitted pursuant to Rule 33 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

However, unless leave of court is obtained a party may serve on any other party no more than 25 written interrogatories, including all discrete subparts.

Written interrogatories are extremely useful in obtaining the facts, witnesses and existence of documents that support the opposing party’s claims or defenses.

An interrogatory may relate to any matter that may be inquired into under Rule 26(b). An interrogatory is not objectionable merely because it asks for an opinion or contention that relates to fact or the application of law to fact, but the court may order that the interrogatory need not be answered until designated discovery is complete, or until a pretrial conference or some other time.

The responding party must serve its answers and any objections within 30 days after being served with the interrogatories. Each interrogatory must, to the extent it is not objected to, be answered separately and fully in writing under oath.

The grounds for objecting to an interrogatory must be stated with specificity. Any ground not stated in a timely objection is waived unless the court, for good cause, excuses the failure.

The person who makes the answers must sign them, and the attorney who objects must sign any objections.

Attorneys or parties who wish to view a portion of a sample of written interrogatories under rule 33 for sale by the author please see below.


Attorneys or parties that would like more information on a Federal litigation document package containing 42 sample documents including sample written interrogatories under Rule 33 can use the link shown below.

Federal litigation document package

The author of this article, Stan Burman, is a freelance paralegal who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995.

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