Once the official paperwork involved in business litigation is filed with the proper California court, work on your case is just beginning. Since you can expect weeks or months to pass before your court date, use this time to maximize the discovery process.
Discovery is the process of gathering evidence or information that supports your side of the business dispute. Whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant, use the discovery period to beef up your evidence and plan your next moves.
How can discovery help your case?
Discovery ensures both sides in a business dispute have an equal opportunity to build their case. It gives the involved parties time to collect evidence to present before the court.
You can learn much about the other side during discovery. The details you uncover help you and your counsel create strategies to respond to or disprove your opponent’s evidence.
What can you learn?
You can look at discovery as an exchange of case-relevant facts and information. Both sides must share what they know about the dispute upon request.
Examples to consider:
- Witness statements and depositions
- Evidence gathered by the opposing side
- The foundation of your opponent’s argument
The information gathered during discovery allows you to determine whether the evidence against you is weak and may be challenged by your counsel. It can also reveal strong elements of the opposing side’s case, allowing you and your representative to address them successfully.
The discovery process can be quite complicated. Guidance from an experienced business litigation practitioner can reduce these complications and keep your side of the case on track for success.