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Discovery: What is a Request for Disclosure?

A Request for Disclosure is a discovery tool which permits a party to obtain certain pre-approved information from another party without having to argue over whether the information is discoverable or must be produced.  Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 194.2 provides … Continue reading

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Can a Witness Refuse to Answer a Question on Fifth Amendment Grounds in a Civil Case?

Absolutely.  The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects a witness’s right not to self-incriminate, not just in criminal proceedings, but in civil proceedings as well.  This is important because if a witness fails to invoke the Fifth Amendment in a … Continue reading

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When Can I Get a Trial De Novo?

In Texas, trials de novo are available in both civil and criminal cases, but only cases of certain types.  Generally speaking, trial de novo is available to appeal cases which were originally heard in courts which are not courts “of record,” … Continue reading

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