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interrogatory

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noun in·ter·rog·a·to·ry \ˌin-tə-ˈrä-gə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of interrogatory

plural

interrogatories

  1. :  a formal question or inquiry; especially :  a written question required to be answered under direction of a court



1515

First Known Use of interrogatory

1515


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interrogatory

adjective in·ter·rog·a·to·ry

Definition of interrogatory



1576

First Known Use of interrogatory

1576


Law Dictionary

interrogatory

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noun in·ter·rog·a·to·ry \ˌin-tə-ˈrä-gə-ˌtōr-ē\

Legal Definition of interrogatory

plural

interrogatories

  1. :  a written question required by law to be answered under the direction of a court; especially :  a written question directed by one party to another regarding information that is within the scope of discovery — see also general verdict and special verdict at verdict, special interrogatory



Additional Notes on interrogatory

Interrogatories are widely used as a discovery device in civil procedure and also have limited use in criminal proceedings. An interrogatory may be objected to and does not have to be answered if the court determines that it is excessive or burdensome. An interrogatory may also be submitted by a judge to a jury when the court asks for a general verdict and wants to know the basis of the decision, or when the court requires the jury to return a special verdict.


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