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DISCOVERY MOVES FORWARD IN A CIVIL ACTION

Posted on : December 28, 2016
Production of Documents

In our last blog post we discussed the process of Answering a Complaint and the beginning of Discovery.  Remember we discussed Interrogatories which are simply questions.  I even gave an example of an Interrogatory.

STATE OF MISSISSIPPI BLOGS

At this time, I do want to make a note about the content of these blogs, all of these blogs are written in terms of being in the state courts of the State of Mississippi.  Nothing that I am discussing has anything to do with any federal courts or any other state courts.  I am only talking about the state courts for the State of Mississippi in these blogs.

PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Interrogatories that we discussed previously are found in Rule 33 of the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure, while Rule 34 deals with Production of Documents.  Rule 34 deals with getting documents, photos, electronically stored information, and things which are relevant to the litigation.  An example for a production of document would be “Produce your driver’s license, insurance declaration page, all written communications with your insurance company, instructions, procedures, manuals, specifications, or handbooks relating to your driving habits and records.”

The purpose of the production of documents is to insure that the parties have access to each others’ documents, photos, electronically stored information, and things that are relevant to the litigation that is taking place.  The party who receives the Requests for Production of Documents has thirty (30) days to produce the documents.

REQUESTS FOR ADMISSIONS

Rule 36 deals with Requests for Admissions in the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure.  I would think of Requests for Admissions as demanding that someone tell you the truth.  An example would be, “Please admit that you rear-ended a blue Dodge Charger driven by John Doe on January 13, 2014, at the intersection of Woodrow Wilson and State Street in Jackson, Mississippi.”  It is important to note requests for admissions must be answered within the thirty (30) days otherwise may be deemed admitted by operation of law. See Young v. Smith, 67 So.3d 732, 737 (Miss. 2011).

THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF JUSTICE

The American system of justice is unique, it is adversarial, but for an Attorney to be successful he must work with opposing counsel to achieve his goals.  At Pepper & Odom, P.C. Law Firm, we have a very good reputation for working with other Attorneys by being honest and up front with them.  The defense Attorneys know that if we are representing a client on a particular matter, then it is a valid claim and our clients deserve to get paid.

At Pepper & Odom Law Firm, we strive to do what is right for our clients.  In the next blog post, we will discuss depositions and “MyCase” that is utilized for our clients at the Law Firm of Pepper & Odom, P.C.  For Personal Injury Attorneys that do the right thing, call us at Pepper & Odom Law Firm, 601-202-1111.

By: Attorney Daniel C. Jones

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