August, 2021 | Silberman Law Firm, PLLC

Objection to Interrogatories in Texas

A common error which can lead to an objection during the discovery process is making too many requests for interrogatories. According to the revised Rule 190.2, litigants can make only a limited number of requests for interrogatories, production, and admission, depending on the level of discovery in the case.

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Introduction to This Series About Objections During Discovery

Certain limitations on discovery are in place to avoid the misuse of discovery which can overburden the involved parties, wasting time and financial resources in the process. Whether due to overzealous counsel, confusion about the many complex rules of discovery, or some combination of both, a party may feel a need to object to the requests or responses. In this series, we’ll examine some of the common blunders which lead to legitimate objections during the discovery process.

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Objection Due to Permissibility of a Discovery Tool

One common error which leads to objections results from requesting information inappropriately. Texas Rules for Civil Procedure specify exactly what information is permissible to request and exactly which formats that requested information should take. A responding party can object to any request that does not follow those procedures exactly as specified.

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Subpoenas During Discovery in Texas

The discovery process includes the ability to subpoena, an action which forces a non-party to comply with discovery requests, to appear in person, and/or to produce requested documents. The process for issuing and responding to a subpoena is outlined in Rule 205 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.

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Admissions During Discovery in Texas

The discovery process includes the ability to request admissions from another party. Submitted in writing, this part of discovery allows the responding party to admit or deny the truth and accuracy of any facts or opinions relevant to the case. Rule 198 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure outlines the parameters of a Request for Admission as well as any responses to the request, including objections.

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Interrogatories During The Discovery Process in Texas

In civil litigation, discovery refers to the process where parties in a lawsuit exchange relevant facts and information about a case. In order to facilitate that exchange, the discovery process includes interrogatories, questions relevant to the case which must be answered by the opposing party. Governed by Rule 197 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, interrogatories are a helpful tool for discovery.

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