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We want to continue looking at the different phases of the legal process right now. The next step is all about building a strong legal case.
Once the legal paperwork is filed, the next step of the case moving forward is a pre-trial phase known as discovery. During this time, the attorneys for the plaintiff and the defendant will begin to gather evidence in order to support their respective cases. This discovery phase may even turn up new evidence to strengthen an attorneys claim.
In essence, discovery is a broad term applied to this fact-finding and fact-gathering phase of a case. Much of this discovery phase occurs outside of the courtroom, though a judge may help address any disputes between lawyers and the parties involved during as discovery occurs.
The discovery phase allows attorneys to obtain any and all information that may be pertinent to their respective cases so long as this information is not legally protected. This includes the following:
Some items or information that may be considered legally protected or off limits include:
Depositions are face-to-face meetings between attorneys and individual witnesses in a case. Witnesses are questioned under oath (i.e., swearing to tell the truth) and recorded. These interviews can be used during the actual trial. By recording the testimony, attorneys can help ensure that stories remain consistent. Any inconsistencies can be noted by the opposing attorney to the jury.
This involves formal requests for evidence that is relevant to the case. This may include bills, contracts, records, and receipts. Attorneys can also make formal requests to examine physical evidence in a case.
Interrogatories refers to the written communications that are sent back and forth between the plaintiff's side and the defendant's side. These may be admissible in court.
Requests for admission allow for evidence from one party of a lawsuit to be authenticated by the other side. This helps establish some of the matters that may be discussed in the trial.
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