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Rule 198.2. Response to Requests for Admissions (Aug. 1998)


(a) Time for response. The responding party must serve a written response on the requesting party within 30 days after service of the request, except that a defendant served with a request before the defen­dant's answer is due need not respond until 50 days after service of the request.

(b) Content of response. Unless the responding party states an objection or asserts a privilege, the responding party must specifically admit or deny the request or explain in detail the reasons that the responding party cannot admit or deny the request. A response must fairly meet the substance of the request. The responding party may qualify an answer, or deny a request in part, only when good faith requires. Lack of information or knowledge is not a proper response unless the responding party states that a reasonable inquiry was made but that the information known or easily obtainable is insufficient to enable the responding party to admit or deny. An assertion that the request presents an issue for trial is not a proper response.

(c) Effect of failure to respond. If a response is not timely served, the request is considered admitted without the necessity of a court order.

Aug. 4, 1998, eff. Jan. 1, 1999.


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  Nov. 9, 1998, eff. Jan. 1, 1999