Discovery Request for Production Law and Legal Definition

A request for production is part of the discovery (fact-finding) process that occurs prior to trial. Either party may send such a request to an opposing party or witness. If you are served with a request for production, you have a certain time period, usually 30 days, to provide the asking lawyer with your written reply, stating which documents you have in your possession and to make those documents available for the asking lawyer to review and copy. Sometimes, lawyers attach copies of the documents to the written reply.