Civil Procedure – Pre-Trial Discovery – Disclosure of Amount of Defendant’s Liability Insurance

In an action arising out of a highway collision, plaintiff sought disclosure of the amount of defendant’s liability insurance in a pre-trial discovery proceeding. The defendant was adjudged to be in default for his refusal to disclose this information. On a writ of certiorari, held, the order of the trial court is quashed. Only matters which can actually be admitted and used as evidence or matters which might lead to the finding of such evidence are proper subjects of discovery under the Florida rule. The amount of defendant’s insurance is not relevant to the litigation since it will accomplish neither of these purposes. Brooks v. Owens, (Fla. 1957) 97 S. (2d) 693.