n. LawThe process that compels a party in a lawsuit to disclose evidence and information relevant to the case. AccessThe process of searching for and identifying potentially relevant materials.


For discovery1, see "Depositions and Discovery," Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, part V (2003).


Skupsky and MontaƱa 1994, p. 87 The objectives of the pretrial discovery are to enhance the truth-seeking process, to enable attorneys to better prepare and evaluate cases, to eliminate surprises, and to insure that judgments rest on the merits and not upon the skillful maneuvering of counsel.