What Are the Essential Discovery Skills for Paralegals?

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August 14, 2012 — 1,272 views  
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The discovery stage frequently predicts the outcome of a case. This period could result in a settlement or trial, so understanding case discovery skills is essential for paralegals in this process.

You'll want to follow several steps during the discovery process. First, you'll need to disclose all of the documents the opposing party could use to prove or disprove a fact relating to the case. Be sure to provide a detailed description of these materials and make them available to the other party.

Next, there will be a meeting held in which one party can interrogate the other. This is typically followed by a series of questions that is provided to one party in writing and can only be used with permission from the court.  Additionally, the discovery process usually concludes with a pre-trial examination of witnesses and notices to admit facts.

The discovery process is like a roadmap because it gives you a guide on how to collect and evaluate the other party's point of view. You'll be able to review the strengths and weaknesses of your case and the opposing party's, which helps you see multiple perspectives. Make sure you follow the correct procedures during the discovery process. 

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