What are examinations for discovery?
An examination for discovery is an important part of almost every civil lawsuit. It is not a trial but rather a pre-trial process at which lawyers for each of the parties questions other parties or their employees, under oath, about the matters involved in the lawsuit. The questions and answers are taken down by a reporter and later, if necessary, can be produced as a written transcript. Examination for discovery is one of procedures established by the rules of court (known as "Rules of Civil Procedure") for helping each party find out about the other side's case in the lawsuit. It is hoped that this will promote settlement of differences and save expensive trial time.
What is the purpose of examination for discovery?
- To find out what the other party has to say about the matters which are in issue in the lawsuit;
- To see whether there are any areas of agreement among the parties to the lawsuit;
- To try to obtain admissions from another party which can later be used against that party at trial.
Where will the examination for discovery be held?
What are the times for examinations for discovery?
What should be done to prepare for discovery?
What are the results of discovery?