Venice, CA asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Civil Rights for California

Q: Must I attach exhibits when filing a pleading in California court?

3 Lawyer Answers
William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If it's an exhibit, that means that some pleading refers to it for some evidentiary purpose. If you don't attach it - to the pleading, declararation, etc., - how will the court see the exhibit to which you are referring?

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Not all pleading require an exhibit. It depends on what your pleading is about. For example if it's a breach of contract case then you should attach a copy of the actual contract as an exhibit. If there is information that shouldn't be exposed to the public then you can redact some items. You really need to have an attorney help you because there are other possibilities when you should attach an exhibit. Handling a lawsuit with out an attorney is a tough row to hoe.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
Answered
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: What kind of pleading? If you are talking about a Civil Complaint, probably not. If you are applying for a court order, the request (motion) must be accompanied by supporting evidence. If the evidence is a document you also need a declaration authenticating it, or it is not admissible. You should hire a civil litigation attorney to assist you.

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