Compton, CA asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Legal Malpractice for California

Q: How do I obtain full disclosure on my case, specifically discovery ?

I’ve never been arrested. I want every detail from both sides from beginning to end. I believe I was kept in the dark about many things.

1 Lawyer Answer
William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Unclear on what type of case this is. After discharge (firing) of your attorney, you are entitled to your file from your attorney, except the attorney work product. The return of the client’s files is covered in RPC 3-700(D)(1) which states:

“A member whose employment has terminated shall:

(1) Subject to any protective order or non-disclosure agreement, promptly release to the client, at the request of the client, all the client papers and property. “Client papers and property” includes correspondence, pleadings, deposition transcripts, exhibits, physical evidence, expert’s reports, and other items reasonably necessary to the client’s representation, whether the client has paid for them or not”

calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Conduct-Discipline/Rules/Rules-of-Professional-Conduct/Current-Rules/Rule-3-700

You are not entitled to the other side's file. If this is a criminal case, the discovery from the prosecution is probably in your attorney's file.

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