Discovery is a process in a lawsuit that happens prior to trial that allows each party to investigate the facts of the case, whether it’s a divorce case, real estate dispute, contract dispute, etc. Four ways for obtaining information from the other party are: interrogatories, request for production of documents, request for admissions, and depositions.
- Interrogatories are written questions seeking relevant information that is to be provided under oath.
- Request for Production of Documents are written requests for relevant documentation (i.e. assets, income, etc.)
- Requests for Admissions are written statements that the responding party must admit or deny the truth of the statements.
- Depositions are when the parties and their attorneys meet for the attorney to question the opposing party (each party is deposed on separate occasions) under oath before a court reporter.
Discovery can be a very daunting and intimidating process when you are reviewing what items and information you need to provide the other party. However, discovery is very important in cases as it is what helps each side obtain information and facts related to the case that will help them prepare for a trial, or helps them work to settle the case before a trial. If you have navigated through your case pro se until the discovery process, but find yourself overwhelmed with discovery, it’s not too late to talk with an attorney and possibly hire them to help you continue with your case.