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What is “Discovery” and Do I Really Need to Respond?

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Contrary to what we are shown on television, legal cases are not all about courtroom drama, unexpected twists, intrigue, or forbidden romance. Instead, a lot of it can be quite tedious. This is because there are highly technical rules of procedure and rules of evidence that attorneys must strictly comply with, which often involves creating and reviewing legal documents. Among the most time consuming of an attorney’s duties involves “discovery.” Discovery is the formal process in which parties to a lawsuit obtain information from one another. The ultimate purpose of discovery is fairness: it provides the parties with notice of the evidence and legal issues that may arise at trial. There are rules and court orders that prescribe what type of information each party is entitled to, the format in …