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How many days to reply the interrogatories in CA?

Milpitas, CA |

Dear Experts,

How many days I have to reply the interrogatories in CA (Bay Area)? All three set of documents are sent to me in the same envelop (request for admission, request for production of documents, special interrogatories) and one said I have extra 5 days beside the standard 30 days to respond while others do not. Do I have 35 days when I receive to respond to those documents? Also, if the final 30-day is falling on the court holiday, can I send the next day (31st).
Thank you for your answer.

Attorney Answers 8

  1. Best answer

    If the discovery was served via mail, then you have 35 days from the date of mailing (not your receipt) to respond. If that date falls on a court holiday or weekend, then you have until the following business day to serve your responses.

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  2. You have 30 days plus 5 to respond from the date the documents were mailed, as shown on the proof of service. Your time to respond DOES NOT run from date of receipt. If the last day to respond is a weekend or holiday you have until the next business day to serve your response. However, be on the safe side -- serve your response early!

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  3. My colleagues are correct. Don't wait until the last minute!

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  4. You have 30 days to respond to interrogatories. You can add 5 days if they were mailed to you. You look at the proof of service. If they were personally served on you you have just 30 days

  5. 30 + 5 days for mailing to respond from the date of mailing them to you; and if the last day to respond is on a holiday or weekend you can send it the next business day. But as a practical matter I would send the responses either the Friday before the weekend or the day before the holiday.

  6. I agree with the responses of my colleagues - You have 30 days plus and extra 5 days for mail service. You calculate the due date by looking at the date the documents were served (this will be on the Proof of Service), and counting 35 days out beginning on the day after the documents were served. If the due date for your responses falls on a court holiday or weekend, the deadline to serve your responses is on the next day (so long as the next day is not a holiday or weekend).

  7. I agree with my colleagues, if you are in a California state court. It's not entirely clear from your inquiry whether you are in state court, rather than a federal district court in the Bay Area (i.e., the United States District Court for the Northern District of California). If you are in federal court, you get only 3 extra days - not 5 as in state court - if you are served by mail. Thus, in federal court, you would receive 30 days from the date of service, plus 3 extra days for mail service. If the 33rd day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or federal court holiday, your response deadline would be the next business day.

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  8. You have 30 days from date of service plus the number of days depending on method of service. See proof of service at the end of the interrogatories. If it is check marked mail, then add 5 days. if personal service is check marked, then you have the 30 days with no additional time, and if it was overnighted, you have 32 days. But, like some of my esteemed colleagues have mentioned, serve your responses early to avoid confusion. If you need additional time, prior to the elapsed time for responding, the other side is obligated to give you two additional weeks should you ask.