Four Methods of Discovery

Exploring Four Essential Discovery Methods: A Paralegal’s Perspective

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"Four Methods of Discovery for Paralegals to be Familiar With:
1. Interrogatories
2. Requests for Admission
3. Requests for Production
4. Depositions

As paralegals, our role in assisting attorneys goes beyond merely managing paperwork and coordinating schedules. A significant part of our responsibilities involves handling various legal processes, including discovery. In this blog post, I’d like to shed light on four methods of discovery that are essential for every paralegal to be familiar with: Interrogatories, Requests for Admission, Requests for Production, and Depositions.


Interrogatories are written questions exchanged between opposing parties in a lawsuit. Often referred to as “rogs”, these are particularly valuable for extracting detailed information from the opposing side. Crafting well-thought-out interrogatories and organizing responses efficiently are key skills in this regard.

Requests for Admission

Requests for admission involve asking the opposing party to admit or deny certain facts or statements. These can streamline a case by narrowing down disputed issues. Paralegals often draft, serve, and track these requests to ensure they are answered accurately and in a timely manner.

Requests for Production

Requests for production are used to obtain relevant documents and tangible items. Paralegals work closely with clients and document management systems to collect, review, and organize requested materials for production. This method often uncovers critical evidence that can shape the case’s outcome.


Depositions involve taking sworn, out-of-court testimonies from witnesses or parties involved in a case. The paralegal role extends to scheduling, preparing witnesses, and ensuring all necessary documents are ready for examination during depositions. This method is invaluable for gaining insight into the other side’s arguments and strategies, as well as obtaining newly discovered evidence.

In conclusion, understanding and effectively managing these four discovery methods are crucial for any paralegal striving for excellence. These processes not only play a pivotal role in building a strong case but also contribute significantly to the overall success of the legal team.

What is your favorite method of discovery to work with? I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment on the blog or send an email to

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