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Requests for production of documents in California

Requests for production of documents in California are the topic of this blog post.

Requests for production of documents are a vital tool for obtaining the documents that support the opposing party’s claims or defenses so they can be reviewed. Demanding production and inspection of documents and tangible things, as well as entering onto land for inspection and other purposes is permitted under the Code of Civil Procedure in California.

Laws governing requests for production of documents in California.

The statutes governing requests for production of documents are found in Code of Civil Procedure § 2031.010, et seq.

A defendant may propound a request for production of documents at any time, however a plaintiff may not do so until at least ten (10) days have passed since service of the summons on the defendant, or the general appearance by the defendant, whichever occurs first.  See Code of Civil Procedure § 2031.020.

There is no numerical limit to the number of requests but a party served with excessive requests may seek leave of court to limit the number of requests.

The California courts have ruled that the scope of discovery in California civil litigation is very broad. Any doubts are applied liberally in favor of discovery.

For discovery purposes, information is relevant if it might reasonably assist a party in evaluating case, preparing for trial, or facilitating settlement. Gonzalez v. Superior Court (City of San Fernando (1995) 33 Cal.App.4th 1539, 1546.

Admissibility is not the test and information, unless privileged, is discoverable if it might reasonably lead to admissible evidence. Davies v. Superior Court (1984) 36 Cal.3d 291, 301

Requests for production and inspection of documents and tangible things are very useful in that they allow a party to review in detail all relevant documents and tangible things that support the opposing party’s claims or defenses.

Sample requests for production of documents in California.

Attorneys or parties to civil litigation in California who wish to view a portion of a sample request for production of documents for use by a defendant in an unlimited civil case that is sold by the author can see below.

 

To view a portion of sample responses to a request for production of documents in California for an unlimited civil case sold by the author can see below.

 

California discovery document collection containing over 45 sample documents.

Attorneys or parties in California that would like more information on a California discovery litigation document package containing over 45 sample documents including both sample requests for production of documents and responses to requests for production of documents can use the link shown below.

California discovery litigation document package

The author of this article, Stan Burman, is a freelance paralegal who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995. If you are in need of assistance with any California or Federal litigation matters, Mr. Burman is available on a freelance basis. Mr. Burman may be contacted by e-mail at DivParalgl@yahoo.com for more information. He accepts payments through PayPal which means that you can pay using most credit or debit cards.

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DISCLAIMER:

Please note that the author of this blog post, Stan Burman is NOT an attorney and as such is unable to provide any specific legal advice. The author is NOT engaged in providing any legal, financial, or other professional services, and any information contained in this blog post is NOT intended to constitute legal advice.

The materials and information contained in this blog post have been prepared by Stan Burman for informational purposes only and are not legal advice. Transmission of the information contained in this blog post is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, any business relationship between the author and any readers. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel.

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