Motion to Rely Upon Requests for Admissions

Requests for Admissions under Tenn. R. Civ. P. 36 must be responded to within 30 days. If your opponent fails to respond to a request for admission, technically the facts are deemed admitted. To rely on the admission, however, Tennessee Dept. of Human Servs. v. Barbee, 714 S.W.2d 263 (Tenn. 1986) says that you need to bring the admission to the court’s attention through a special motion. Not much should be required to establish your opponent simply never responded, so this form motion should take care of it. Download file

Barbee needs to be overruled – the requirement that this type of motion be filed makes little sense. In the meantime, however, this motion should be of some help to you.