Interrogatories – written questions, which are a form of discovery, submitted to an opposing party in a lawsuit, or , in limited situations, to a witness in advance of trial

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1. A written question (usually in a set of questions) submitted to an opposing party in a lawsuit as part of discovery.  See Fed. R. Civ. P. 33. [1]


1. Written questions put by one party to another, or , in limited situations, to a witness in advance of trial.  Interrogatories are a form of discovery and are governed by her rules of civil procedure.
Compare deposition. [2]

1. Questions addressed to a person, especially a witness.  Questions propounded in writing or orally in obtaining a deposition.  23 Am J2nd Dep § 1.

Questions propounded in obtaining a discovery.  Questions submitted in writing by the plaintiff for answer by a garnishee, constituting, in effect, a form of discovery of assets of the defendant in the hands of the garnishee.  6 Am J2d Attach § 346.

Questions submitted by one party to another in a case in admiralty by way of obtaining a discovery.  2 Am J2d Adm § 140.

Questions submitted to the jury upon request for special verdict or special findings.  53 Am J1st Trial §§ 1063 et seq.

Preliminary questions, propounded to a person called as a witness, for the purpose of determining his capacity, particularly in reference to a witness who is obviously a minor or mentally deficient.  Den v Vancleve, 5 NJL 695, 795. [3]

Types of Interrogatories:

adjusted interrogatory:

1. Scots law. One of a series of questions devised and modified by the parties, or, if they cannot agree on them, by the court, to be posed to witnesses examined on commission.  *  Adjusted interrogatories are often necessary in commissions to take evidence at distant locations.

contention interrogatory:

1. An interrogatory designed to discover the factual basis of the allegations in a complaint, answer, or counterclaim, or to determine the theory of the opposing party’s case.


1. An interrogatory from a party who has received a set of interrogatories. [1]

1. Interrogatories propounded in the cross-examination of a deponent. [3]

identification interrogatory:

1. A request for the responding party to identify relevant documents, tangible objects, or individuals who have knowledge of facts relating to the lawsuit. — aka fact interrogatory; state-all-facts interrogatory.

special interrogatory – interrogatories directed to the jury upon a request for a special verdict or special findings. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931


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