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

2 Answers from Attorneys

Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach

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

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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