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In a California civil lawsuit, how much time must a defense attorney give the suing attorney to answer if he plans to use expert witnesses?

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In an existing civil lawsuit a defense attorney asked the attorney who filed the complaint in the above Question - we are the complainant, Our attorney advised us on Thursday of this request and told we must answer by Monday. This seems a VERY short time - what is the normal time to exchange information required by the court?

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California Code of Civil Procedure § 2024.230 provides:

"(a) A demand for an exchange of information concerning expert trial witnesses shall be in writing and shall identify, below the title of the case, the party making the demand. The demand shall state that it is being made under this chapter.

(b) The demand shall specify the date for the exchange of lists of expert trial witnesses, expert witness declarations, and any demanded production of writings. The specified date of exchange shall be 50 days before the initial trial date, or 20 days after service of the demand, whichever is closer to the trial date, unless the court, on motion and a showing of good cause, orders an earlier or later date of exchange."

If you need more time, you can request opposing counsel to stipulate to additional time.

I hope this information is helpful.

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