Discovery Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Discovery, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Discovery?

n. The efforts to obtain information before a trial by a party to a lawsuit and his/her/its attorneys by demands for production of documents, depositions of parties and potential witnesses, written interrogatories, written requests for admissions of fact, examination of the scene, and petitions and motions employed to enforce discovery rights. The right to discovery affords all parties with the opportunity to go to trial with as much knowledge as possible and not hold secrets from the other. During a suit, most of the fight between the two sides occurs during the discovery period.