Understanding The Steps in the Litigation Process

My neighbor is in a lawsuit and she says that they are in "discovery."  What is that? 

The discovery phase of a lawsuit is the phase during which each side finds out about the other side’s claims and defenses. The various methods of gaining this information are often referred to as tools of discovery or simply “Discovery.” These methods include depositions, interrogatories, requests for production, medical evaluations, requests for admissions, and subpoenas.

To gain a complete understanding of what happens during discovery  and as a case progresses toward a trial, read our Litigation Guide called "Understanding The Steps in the Litigation Process."