My question involves court procedures for the state of: California
In Civil Litigation in California, in Superior Court, unlimited jurisdiction case, is it permissible for Plaintiff to demand production either of an entire computer, or of any computer files that may exist which contain documents relevant to the case? Eg, may Plaintiff demand not only a hard copy of a document (eg a contract or modification of a contract, produced on WOrd files, in a case concerning allegations of breach of contract) but also the actual file copied to a USB thumb drive or other storage device?
My understanding from a previous brief exploration of this question was that the whole personal computer itself (used for both personal and business purposes) cannot be demanded in a civil case, that that would only be in a criminal case. I do not know about computer files, however.