Examination for discovery

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Step in a lawsuit following the delivery of the statement of claim, statement of defence, and affidavits of documents that is intended to provide detailed information about the alleged facts recorded in the statements of claim and defence. The plaintiff must appear in person and answer questions from the opposing party’s lawyers. Similarly, the defendant or a representative of a corporate defendant must attend for the same purpose. A transcript of the questions and answers is made.


An opportunity given in civil actions to the parties to question each other prior to trial to discover the details of the other side’s case. The examination for discovery allows the parties to narrow the issues and focus the trial on contested matters.

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