Unlike what you may see on television, legal disputes in Northern California are not filed and brought to trial within a few weeks. Before any civil lawsuit goes to trial, both sides engage in a process known as discovery.
During discovery, both parties request, collect, and share relevant information regarding their case. This helps the trial proceed smoothly because each side should have the information they need to present their case well in advance and without unfair surprises.
Discovery can be very expensive and time-consuming. In many cases, the majority of litigation costs are incurred during discovery. It takes a lot of time for civil litigators to develop interrogatories and request, collect, and review the necessary information related to a civil lawsuit.
Two Types of Discovery – Informal and Formal
Informal discovery simply means gathering information from cooperative people or organizations before and during a lawsuit. The parties can help with informal investigation before the case even starts. This preliminary information can help your attorney decide if your case is even worth filing.
Formal discovery begins after a civil lawsuit has been filed. Several methods are available to obtain information from the other side.
Discovery does not always go smoothly in Sonoma County. Lawyers can object to discovery requests for various reasons. If both sides cannot agree about the requested information, either side can file a motion asking the judge to decide the discovery issues.
At Evans Kingsbury LLP we are Sonoma County, California based, seasoned litigators who can guide you through the complicated discovery process. Count on our entire team to ensure your case is properly prepared before going to trial.
Avoid any trial surprises by contacting our experienced team today to discuss the best way to prepare your civil lawsuit. Call us at (707) 596-6090 or fill out our easy contact form.