Rule 26.1 of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure requires both parties of a lawsuit to exchange Initial Disclosure Statements. These disclosure statements are often referred to as “Rule 26.1 Statements” or “Rule 26.1 Disclosures” for short.
Rule 26(d)(1) of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure requires that the disclosure statement is provided to the opposing party within thirty (30) days of the defendant filing an answer.
Initial disclosure statements are not filed with the court but simply shared with the opposing party. Many years ago, Arizona courts decided to do what they can to help avoid “trial by ambush”. That is, that want parties to share whatever information that exists with the opposing party. In theory this is supposed to increase the likelihood of parties settling without court intervention.
What Must the Rule 26.1 Disclosure Statement Contain?:
- A list of all possible trial witnesses. Note, just because a person is listed it does not mean that they must later testify. It simply gives the opposing party notice that you may be interested in having this person testify at the trial and what they may be testifying about.
- A list of other people with knowledge. This list is to include all persons who will not be called as trial witnesses, but who have information that may be pertinent to the subject of the lawsuit.
- Statements. Each party to the lawsuit must provide a list of any written or recorded statements within their possession to the other party.
- Copies of exhibits and information. Each party must disclose all documents or exhibits they wish to use to support their claim or defense. Including any electronically stored documents.
- List of all other Documents. This list must include all other relevant documents that are known to exist, regardless of whether or not they are favorable to your case.
If either party to the lawsuit discovers new information after having shared an initial 26.1 disclosure statement then they are required to provide an “amended” disclosure statement with the opposing party. If you need help from an Arizona attorney then contact the Dunaway Law Group at
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