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Definition of discovery is pre-trial procedures where the parties exchange information about evidence.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)
Discovery is defined as the gathering of information (facts, documents, or testimony) before a case goes to trial. Discovery is done in many ways, such as through depositions, interrogations, or requests for admissions. It can also be done through independent investigation or by talking with the other side's lawyer.
California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)
The procedure by which one or both parties disclose evidence which will be used at trial. The specific tools of discovery include depositions, interrogatories and motions for the production of documents.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
The term applied to various procedures that enable the parties to a lawsuit to learn the factual details of the opposing side’s case. Includes written interrogatories, depositions, production of documents, requests for admission, etc.
Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)
Compulsory sharing of facts and documents between parties before a case is heard in court.
Victoria Law Foundation. “Legal glossary” (2015)
Pretrial disclosure of pertinent facts and documents, including financial figures, by one or both parties. Includes subpoenaes, depositions, interrogatories, requests for productions, requests for admissions.
Beth Lewandowski, J.D., cited by Women’s Empowerment Center
The pre- trial efforts of a party to a lawsuit and his or her or its attorney(s) to obtain information known by the other parties or witnesses. Discovery in a civil case is more extensive than discovery in a criminal case, which is strictly controlled by statutory rules.
State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)
Another definition of discovery (or disclosure) is a proceeding whereby one party to an action may be informed as to facts known by other parties or witnesses.
New York State Unified Court System. “Glossary of Legal Terms” (2016)