FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
V. DEPOSITIONS AND DISCOVERY
Rule 33. Interrogatories to
(a) In General.
Unless otherwise stipulated or ordered by the court, a party may
serve on any other party no more than 25 written interrogatories,
including all discrete subparts. Leave to serve additional
interrogatories may be granted to the extent consistent with Rule
An interrogatory may relate to any matter that may be inquired into
under Rule 26(b). An interrogatory is not objectionable merely
because it asks for an opinion or contention that relates to fact or
the application of law to fact, but the court may order that the
interrogatory need not be answered until designated discovery is
complete, or until a pretrial conference or some other time.
(b) Answers and Objections.
(1) Responding Party.
The interrogatories must be answered:
(A) by the party to whom they are directed; or
(B) if that party is a public or private corporation, a partnership,
an association, or a governmental agency, by any officer or agent,
who must furnish the information available to the party.
(2) Time to Respond.
The responding party must serve its answers and any objections
within 30 days after being served with the interrogatories. A
shorter or longer time may be stipulated to under Rule 29 or be
ordered by the court.
(3) Answering Each Interrogatory.
Each interrogatory must, to the extent it is not objected to, be
answered separately and fully in writing under oath.
The grounds for objecting to an interrogatory must be stated with
specificity. Any ground not stated in a timely objection is waived
unless the court, for good cause, excuses the failure.
The person who makes the answers must sign them, and the attorney
who objects must sign any objections.
An answer to an interrogatory may be used to the extent allowed by
the Federal Rules of Evidence.
(d) Option to Produce Business Records.
If the answer to an interrogatory may be determined by examining,
auditing, compiling, abstracting, or summarizing a party's business
records (including electronically stored information), and if the
burden of deriving or ascertaining the answer will be substantially
the same for either party, the responding party may answer by:
(1) specifying the records that must be reviewed, in sufficient
detail to enable the interrogating party to locate and identify them
as readily as the responding party could; and
(2) giving the interrogating party a reasonable opportunity to
examine and audit the records and to make copies, compilations,
abstracts, or summaries.
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