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Definition of Interrogatories

Interrogatories are written questions used in civil trials to get information from the other party. They are part of the discovery process and must be answered truthfully. Interrogatories can generally be used as evidence to support motions for summary judgment.

The interrogatory or Request for Further Information, are questions which are given to the opposing party. The questions must be answered in writing and under oath. Generally, questions are limited to twenty-five and are used primarily to clarify background information about the litigants, the facts of the civil case, and what allegations each party is likely to present at the civil trial.

An interrogatory is not, however, used to gather evidence from a witness. Witness information is gathered through a deposition, under oath, where the opposing attorney asks the questions and tapes the process. The deposition can be used as evidence if the witness dies before the trial or if they provide information at trial which contradicts testimony previously made during the deposition.

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