What is the Discovery Process?
An Irvine trial specialist at Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can help you to take the steps necessary to prepare for litigation. Whether you are a plaintiff who is suing someone or whether your company is being sued by someone else and you must respond as a defendant, it is imperative that you take the necessary steps before trial to maximize the chances that you will prevail in court. The investigation that takes place and the steps you take during the pre-trial process will have a profound impact on how successful you are in presenting your arguments and convincing the judge or jury that your version of events is the one they should trust.
Brown & Charbonneau, LLP will assist with doing everything you need to get ready for a civil trial. During this pre-trial process, the discovery process takes place and helps you to gather the information you need to try to prevail in court. You need to understand how the discovery process works and ensure that you do everything you need to during this process so you build the strongest case possible. An Irvine trial specialist at our firm can help you, so give us a call today.
What is the Discovery Process?
The discovery process is a process that takes place before a civil trial to make it possible for both the plaintiff and the defendant to prepare their cases and be ready to present evidence in court. Trials are not supposed to be decided by who responds best to the opposing side ambushing them with surprise evidence in court. Instead, both sides in a civil case should have information before trial that they need to prepare solid arguments so hopefully the truth will be revealed in a civil suit.
When preparing a case, it is often crucial to obtain information that the opposing side has. For example, the opposing party to the case may have documents in their possession that would help you to prove your claim that they breached a contract or engaged in other behavior that caused you damage. You may need to look at documents, including emails, that the opposing party has in their possession in order to make your case. This is true for both plaintiffs and defendants. The discovery process allows for the exchange of documents so you can get information you need to craft legal arguments that you will present in court.
You also want to find out in advance what witnesses the opposing party will be presenting to make their case and you want to know in advance what those witnesses are going to say so you can prepare rebuttals or counterarguments. The discovery process allows you to obtain a list of witnesses who the opposing party plans to call to the stand in trial.
You have the option during the discovery process to send those witnesses written questionaries, which are called interrogatories. You also have the option to interviewing opposing witnesses. This takes place during depositions, which are under oath, and you can introduce information from the depositions in court. This could be helpful if one of the witnesses’ stories change while they are on the stand.
Getting Help from an Irvine Trial Specialist
An Irvine trial specialist at Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can help you to make the most of the discovery process. It can often be confusing to determine what types of documents you need to request or what documents are important when you are reviewing them. It can also be difficult to know which witnesses you need to interview and what questions to ask them. An attorney with trial experience can make the discovery process an easy and successful one and can help you to gather the information that you need.
An experienced attorney can also provide you with the necessary help to respond to discovery requests that are made so you do not find yourself facing legal sanctions. You will need to turn over required information and provide your own lists of witnesses as well, and an attorney can assist you with this process.
Our legal team has extensive experience with the discovery process and we can provide the help you need to use this process to your advantage so you can maximize your chances of success during your civil trial. To find out more about how Brown & Charbonneau, LLP can help you, give us a call at (866)237-8129 or contact us online today.