Methods for Civil Discovery
Dec 7 2022 0

Methods for Civil Discovery

If you were injured by a negligent party or if you have a business dispute, you may be able to take legal action to have that which wronged you made right. It could be possible to obtain financial compensation for your losses by filing a civil suit. Civil suits encompass a wide variety of legal challenges. These legal proceedings may never see their day in court if an agreement can be made between the parties involved in the civil action, or they may have to go to court for a resolution. When a civil suit goes to court, each side, the plaintiff that brings the suit and the defendant that the suit has been brought against, have the opportunity to argue their side. Through the use of evidence and persuasive commentary, each side has the right to make its case from its point of view. Both the plaintiff and the defendant are able to request information from each other that they may deem helpful for their side. This is the civil discovery process.

It is often helpful when legal action is taken to have an experienced lawyer helping you through the process. In California, the Los Angeles civil litigation attorney at the Leiva Law Firm knows how to handle civil cases and how to provide knowledgeable legal counsel and services that secure the most favorable results.

The Civil Discovery Process

Methods for Civil DiscoveryWhen certain types of evidence that are unprivileged can help one’s case, civil discovery allows an individual to have access to it. Discovery can be made in any one of the following ways:

  1. Interrogatories
    1. One side can make use of questioning the other party to secure valuable information, though there is typically a limited amount of inquiries that will be allowed. This is because, without boundaries, an interrogatory can be quite cumbersome for the side that is providing the information and answers to the questions.
  2. Request for Admission
    1. In a Request for Admission, one party can ask about specific facts of a case, and the party being asked can respond by admitting certain facts, objecting to the facts being requested, or just denying them. The party is given a Request for Admission and will have only 30 days to respond, and if they do not within this timeframe, then the court can inflict various penalties. 
  3. Depositions
    1. Depositions allow for sworn testimony by an individual that is related to the dispute to be used in court.
  4. Request for Production
    1. To obtain documentation and solid material evidence from the other side, a Request for Production will be used. Both the opposing side and other entities related to them that could have such information subpoenaed. 

Speak with a California Civil Litigation Attorney Today

A knowledgeable attorney will know how to strategically use all available tools to get every piece of relevant evidence that can build the most robust civil case possible. This includes making the best use of the various methods of discovery that are allowed in civil litigation. 

If you have a dispute and want to file a civil suit in California or if one has been levied against you, then the legal team at the Leiva Law Firm can help you. Call today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at (818) 703-1777.

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