What is discovery phase and how long does it take?

Asked 1 year ago under Employment and Labor | 244 Views | More Legal Topics

Are you an attorney? Sign up to answer this question.
SJZ, Member, New York Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 1 year ago

"Discovery" is the phase or portion or period of a lawsuit during which the parties (the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s)) can obtain information from each other--and also from non-party witnesses or others with relevant information--using the legal mechanisms of "discovery," such as--

Written interrogatories (questions)

Requests or Notices to Produce Documents

Requests for Admissions

Subpoenas

Discovery lasts typically 2 - 4 months, but the exact time depends on the specifics of the lawsuit and what is ordered by the judge in the particular case. Any information or documentation (with "documents" including emails, text messages, photographs, videos, spreadsheets, etc.) which is either itself relevant or which will lead to finding other relevant information can be obtained.

Attorney Quick Finder

Top Ranking Attorneys

  • Anne Brady 812 Answers | Points 40580 Platinum Contributor
  • Kevin Bessant 741 Answers | Points 37030 Platinum Contributor
  • Hong Shen 568 Answers | Points 28400 Platinum Contributor
  • Catherine Blackburn 566 Answers | Points 27770 Platinum Contributor
  • Victor Waid 522 Answers | Points 26060 Platinum Contributor
  • Tricia Dwyer 480 Answers | Points 22150 Gold Contributor