Discovery in Unlawful Detainer Cases

by Vincent Davis on September 4, 2013

Each of the four available discovery procedures requires a minimum of five days’ notice to the landlord before the landlord is required to respond. Available discovery procedures in unlawful detainer actions include oral depositions, written interrogatories, inspection, copying, testing, or sampling of the landlord’s records, things, electronically stored information and places, and requests for admissions. Under these rules, the landlord must comply with your request for discovery within five days. All discovery must be completed on or before the fifth day before the date set for trial.
• If you intend to defend your case, and intend to use the discovery process as a tool, you must follow strict timelines applicable to evictions in California.
• The discovery process works in five-day increments. Once you have been served, you may begin your discovery by mailing any discovery requests. You must allow five days for your request to be received by the landlord. The landlord then has five days to respond to your request. All of the discovery must be completed at least five days before the date of the trial.

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