The investigatory phase of tort cases for both the pre-litigation and litigation stage is intended to reveal critical information related to the who, what, where, when, how, and why of the case. Paralegals play an important role in searching for answers that can make or break a case and ascertaining the facts. These are the topics you will explore in this unit.
Investigation strategies are typically tailored to the particular type of case and the facts involved. Strategies explored in this unit include witness interviews, discovery, gathering documents (newspaper articles, letters, accident reports, leases, insurance information, invoices, etc.), and the effective use of internet-based sources.
Finally, you will look at the effective use of public and private sector resources.
- Identify investigation strategies for tort cases.