What is Lawsuit Discovery?

In the litigation process, once the complaint and answer have been filed and the lawsuit begins to develop, the next stage is the fact finding process known as Discovery. During Discovery, each party will file a series of requests with the opposing party known as interrogatories (asking the opposing party to answer questions), production (asking for documents to be produced), and admissions (asking the opposing party to admit or deny questions). The party must then respond to the Discovery in a given time period. If the party continually fails to answer such requests, a Motion to Compel may be filed with the Court asking the judge to make the party comply with the Discovery requests.