Discovery Request for Inspection Law and Legal Definition

A request for inspection is part of the discovery (fact-finding) process that occurs before trial. A party may send such a request to an opposing party or witness, and then the parties will set a time, usually during normal business hours, for inspection. Often, the request will include notice of an intent to photograph or copy the subject matter of the inspection. A request for inspection is made when it is impractical for the item to be delivered via a request for production, as in the case of real property.