When you are served with interrogatories, requests for production and requests for admission, there will be times when the request may not apply, may not be applicable, may be out of line, or you may not even be able to respond. What then should your response to request for admissions be? There are times when the responding party may have the right to object to a question or request.
It is important to understand that objections to requests for admission aren’t based upon whether or not you agree with the request, but in fact, must be based on identified legally accepted objections. The following are examples of legal reasons that may potentially apply and be permitted:
1. Irrelevant (in other words, the question doesn’t relate to any fact that is of consequence to the matter).
2. Privileged (it is a legally protected communication or information).
3. Argumentative (the question assumes facts or tries to spin or manipulative the question/answer).
4. Improper form (the question can’t be answered with a simple admission or denial due to being vague or a compound question/multiple questions in the one request).
5. Lacking the knowledge or answer (in other words, you truly don’t have the information or knowledge of the question)
6. Harassment or undue burden (the request being onerous with intent to harass the responding party).
7. Legal conclusions (the request requests admission of negligence, causation, etc. thus attempting to relate the answer to the application of law to fact).