Is there an "official" way to request documents or evidence in a civil suit? Can I just write a letter to the party/counsel or is there a specific form required
You need to follow Rules 34 of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. Typically, you would not request production of documents by way of a letter. You would draw up a document with the case caption on it, as if you were drafting a motion to file with the court, and then you put on the title: Request for Production of Documents and Tangible Things. Then in the body of the document, you list the items you are requesting that the other party produce.
You need to review the rules of civil procedure, Rule 34 deals with requesting documents, Rule 33 deals with interrogatories (written questions), and Rule 36 deals with request for admissions. In addition, every party has an affirmative obligation to disclose the identities of witness and exhibits to be used pursuant to Rule 26. Good luck.
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