It depends what information the plaintiff's attorney needs to prove his case. No two cases are exactly alike, of course. There is no set answer.
Like other civil cases, an embezzlement case plaintiff can ask written questions. Some "canned" questions can be found in pre-printed forms available online. These are called "Form Interrogatories." There, nearly all that needs to be done by the plaintiff is to check boxes and then mail the Forms to the defendant, using a proof of service form available on the same site. Other questions can be hand crafted and customized. Same deal. (Beware that there are limits on how many of these a party can ask without certifying that the additional questions are needed.) Also, a plaintiff can serve requests for the production of documents. And, the plaintiff can set up depositions, where persons with relevant knowledge can be questioned under oath across the table, using a court reporter to create a transcript.
The court's site is easy to find and the forms can be filled in online and then printed at no charge. For example, the generic set of Form Interrogatories can be found at http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/disc001.pdf. There are more specific sets for Employment Law cases and other kinds of civil matters nearby. Browse to your heart's content.
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