Under the Rules of Court in all of the local jurisdictions both parties in personal injury and other civil litigation are allowed to engage in discovery. This is a process of sending each other written requests for information or documents in order to discover what the other party’s case is about. Depositions are also a form of discovery. Accident attorney Brien Roche explains that these forms of discovery are all designed to better educate the parties and their counsel as to the respective merits of the other’s position. The goal being that the better informed the parties and their lawyers are about the respective strengths and weaknesses of their case then the more likely it is that the case will settle
The discovery process can become quite involved and contentious. There are sometimes disputes about the responses that a party may make to certain discovery requests. The federal courts have attempted to streamline the discovery process by requiring certain automatic disclosures that are to be made even though the other party makes no request for such.
The general thrust of the discovery process is to make a full disclosure so that both parties know all of the pertinent facts and can thereby make an intelligent decision as to whether they wish to proceed with the case, attempt to settle the case or simply try the case Accident attorney Brien Roche has extensive experience in all forms of discovery.
The specific forms of discovery include written questions called interrogatories. Request for documents are as the name implies. Requests for admissions consist of written statements which the other party is asked to admit or deny as being true. Requests for inspection generally relate to the inspection of some premises or object pertinent to the lawsuit.
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