A demand usually contains a number of individual items or "requests." The party requesting, or "propounding," the documents may be limited by statute to the number of requests allowed.
The responding party must provide all requested documents or copies by a deadline, (again usually set by statute). These are submitted under penalty of perjury, through a statement called a verification, which is attached to the documents.
The responding party may object to unreasonable document requests, such as producing income tax returns. Even so, the propounding party may believe they are directly relevant to the case, and may seek a court order compelling the production of requested information. If a court order is obtained, monetary sanctions may be imposed upon the responding party for failure to comply with the order.
How It's Used
The information produced as a result of a document demand most likely will be an exhibit at trial, as long as it meets the proper requirements for introducing evidence.
Part of the Routine
Document demands are very common in litigation. Everyone involved in a personal injury lawsuit should not be surprised when served with such demands, especially if the demands request medical records and other information related to the injury or injuries. Accordingly, it is important that each party be aware of all documents that may be relevant in the case.
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