In the state of Illinois I am wondering how discovery works . The judge gave us a date 30 days from now in which to put discovery requests to the other party but I'm wondering if I'm ready to give them a discovery request today how long will it take before I get it from them and from my permitted to give them a deadline because this one discovery request if it doesn't produce what I think it will then it will inform the rest of my discovery so I was hoping to put out just one discovery right away and put a deadline on that for like a week from now . Then I will be more educated on what else I need to ask for or not ask for an even more importantly if it doesn't produce what I think it will then I will drop the entire lawsuit because it's unlikely that my case will have any merit if this one discovery is not producing what I think it wI'll.
Sorry, the rules specify the deadlines. You really should consider hiring an attorney, but if you are set on proceeding on your own, you at least need to read the rules:
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As the previous poster said, you need to consult the State and Local rules. There are standard deadlines for discovery that cannot be altered except by agreement of the parties (and sometimes court ratification). You could ask the other party if they will produce discovery on this issue more quickly (it may be in their best interest to do so if it will make the case go away), but they have no obligation to do so. You cannot file a motion to compel discovery until after the statutory deadline passed or there is some other evasion of discovery. However, you may want to consider serving Requests for Admissions. These usually have shorter deadlines and may give you the answer you're seeking before you serve other discovery. Good luck.
It sounds like the judge gave each side 30 days to propound written discovery. The deadlines are set by rule (see Illinois Supreme Court Rules 213, 214, and 216). With respect to answers to interrogatories and responses to production requests, the deadline set forth in the rules tends to be a “soft” deadline in practice (Rule 216 is self-executing; cases have come down in recent years in effect diminishing the draconian effect of the rule in certain situations). Assuming you have leave, and there is a third party who may have information/documentation, you may want to consider the possibility of having a subpoena issued and served. Good luck.
Let's see... Should I act as my own lawyer ? I'm thinking that the outcome won't be very good. No legal training, no legal education and I'm not even sure if I have a bonafide legal claim. I'll just haul the defendant into court until I figure out if I have a real legal claim and I'll go to the Internet and learn all I need to handle this case ! Hmmm. Your prospects are pretty dim. I truly suggest that you consult with a well educated and Well qualified trial lawyer. Stop fooling around with things you are clearly not qualified to handle.
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