After reviewing the module resources consider the following prompt.The process of discovery allows each side of a court case to discover a wide array of information relevant to the legal and factual issues in the case. Discovery can include document requests (requests that the other side produce ledgers tax returns medical records or other items related to the case) interrogatories (written questions to be answered by the litigants or witnesses on the other side) and depositions (questioning a litigant or witness under oath in front of a court reporter who transcribes the questions and answers).Discovery can be time-consuming and expensive; yet it can also lead to case settlement after the litigants have a chance to consider all of the evidence and more accurately assess their odds of winning at trial.In your initial post describe what you think is the impact on judicial efficiency of allowing for wide-reaching thorough discovery. Defend your position with examples or detailed explanation. Be sure to address the issue of costs as well as court caseloads.
Reading and Resources
Textbook:Judicial Process in America Chapters 7 and 11Chapter 7 explores the backstory of judicial decision making: the influence of political leanings on judicial appointments and resulting court rulings. These considerations are most readily apparent in the realm of civil law particularly related to business matters such as healthcare minimum wage and immigration.Chapter 11 provides an overview of types of civil law including tort law business law and probate of estates. The chapter then walks through the civil litigation process from filing through resolution or judgment.While reading consider the following:
PDF:Middle District Discovery: A Handbook on Civil Discovery Practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaThis handbookpublished by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Floridasets out the rules procedures and standards for discovery in civil cases in that court. It was intended to guide attorneys and litigants in civil practice. Although it reflects local rules these are typical of those found in all federal district courts.This handbook supports this modules discussion assignment.Article:Civil CasesThis article from the United States Courts explains civil cases as part of the Understanding the Federal Courts publication series.This article supports this modules discussion assignment.