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Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure

Rule 33. Interrogatories to Parties

(a)     In General.

(1)    Number. Unless otherwise stipulated or ordered by the court, a party may serve on any other party no more than 40 written interrogatories, including all discrete subparts. Leave to serve additional interrogatories may be granted to the extent consistent with Rule 26(b)(1) and (2).

(2)    Scope. 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, a governmental agency, or other entity, 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 be set out, and, to the extent it is not objected to, be answered separately and fully in writing under oath.

(4)    Objections. 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 interrogating party may move for an order under Rule 37(a) with respect to any objection to or other failure to answer an interrogatory.

(5)    Signature. The person who makes the answers must sign them, and the attorney who objects must sign any objections.

(c)   Use. An answer to an interrogatory may be used to the extent allowed by Nevada law 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.

Advisory Committee Note—2019 Amendment

Rule 33 resembles FRCP 33 but preserves Nevada’s 40-interrogatory limit in Rule 33(a)(1) and in Rule 33(b)(4) specifies that Rule 37 applies to unfounded objections and failures to answer.

About the Author

Jay Young is a Las Vegas, Nevada attorney. His practice focuses on acting as an Arbitrator and Mediator.

Mr. Young can be reached at 702.667.4868 or at jay@h2law.com.

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