Legal Question in Real Estate Law in California

If I am representing myself In proper in a civil case, can I speak directly to a potential plaintiff witness prior to trial?

Asked on 6/21/13, 1:40 pm

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Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach
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Yes, provided you are not an attorney and the witness is not represented by an attorney.

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Answered on 6/21/13, 1:41 pm
Bryan Whipple Bryan R. R. Whipple, Attorney at Law
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Well, it also depends upon whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant. If you are the plaintiff, there is no restriction on speaking with a potential plaintiff witness.

By the way, it's also worth mentioning that if you interview someone as a prospective expert witness, but then don't decide to hire them, the other side may be precluded from hiring that witness.

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Answered on 6/30/13, 3:32 pm

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