In law, the pretrial investigation used by the plaintiff and the defendant to uncover pertinent evidence of the opposition's case. Discovery typically includes submitting a list of questions that must be answered and asking oral questions of the other party or the witnesses.
In litigation, the
compulsory release by a party of documents and other evidence sought by the
other party, under rules set by the court. Means of discovery include depositions,
written interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests to produce
documents or to inspect property. See also disclosure.