Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
The name given pretrial devices for obtaining facts and information about the case. See Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 26-37)
The process by which lawyers learn about their opponent's case in preparation for trial. Typical tools of discovery include depositions, interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests for documents. All of these devices help the lawyer learn the relevant facts and collect and examine any relevant documents or other materials.
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