Usually clients do not understand or want to respond to discovery. Same with lawyers, but be careful with pre-signed verification forms. At trial it does not look good when the client testifies he never saw the discovery before. In Drociak v State Bar (1991) 52 Cal. 3d 1085, a lawyer had obtained several pre-signed verifications from his client. After attempting to locate her without success, and with discovery due, he attached a pre-signed verification as an accommodation to his client to interrogatories he created from information in the client’s file. Drociak was disciplined and suspended for 30 days when it was subsequently learned that his client had died. ‘The use of pre-signed verification in discovery proceedings without first consulting with the client to assure that any assertions of fact are true is a clear and serious violation of the statutes and rules.'”
Rule 3.1347. Discovery motions in summary proceeding involving possession of real property
- (a) Notice In an unlawful detainer action or other action brought under chapter 4 of title 3 of part 3 of the Code of Civil Procedure (commencing with section 1159), notice of a discovery motion must be given in compliance with Code of Civil Procedure sections 1010.6 or 1013 and 1170.8.(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2016.)
- (b) Opposition and reply at hearing Any opposition to the motion and any reply to an opposition may be made orally at the time of hearing or in writing as set forth in (c).
- (c) Written opposition in advance of hearing If a party seeks to have a written opposition considered in advance of the hearing, the written opposition must be served and filed on or before the court day before the hearing. Service must be by personal delivery, electronic service, fax transmission, express mail, or other means consistent with Code of Civil Procedure sections 1010, 1010.6, 1011, 1012, and 1013, and reasonably calculated to ensure delivery to the other party or parties no later than the close of business on the court day before the hearing. The court, in its discretion, may consider written opposition filed later.(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2016.)
Cal Rules of Court, Rule 3.1347
Unlawful detainer actions allow the parties to litigate as if this were a million dollar case. Discovery in Unlawful detainer actions are exempt form the Economic Litigation Act
Usually discovery is served in groups, e.g. Form interrogatories, Request for Admissions, Request for Documents. If no response is provided I file a combined motion to compel these initial discovery responses. I did this after several judges told me why not combine them and save filing fees and paper. Once a judge told me not to do a combined motion only as a warning, not a denial of the motion. Nothing in the Rules of Court that I found say you cannot combine discovery motions. Here is my statutory analysis of this issue: Continue Reading Combined Discovery Motion to Compel Initial Response (Saves money and paper!)
If only objections are served, you have an unlimited amount of time to file a motions to Compel because the time limit is now based on the date of service of the verified response. New law, Stats 2013 ch 18; see CCP § 2031.310(a),(c)].