The Basics of a Successful Deposition







Why are Depositions So Important?

What is a Deposition?

Depositions act as formal investigations. Attorneys use depositions to gather a complete profile of facts and testimonies that involve their case. Every called upon witness is questioned under oath and are required to bring whatever documents and exhibits are asked of them. While the proceedings go on, court reporters record the questions and answers as they transpire into an accurate transcript that both legal counsels use for later analysis. While not required by law, they are an invaluable resource for most cases.

Guarantee a Solid Defense

A consistent case is an impenetrable case. Since the opposing counsel wishes to find problems in your story, it is best to give them no room to find said issues. Remain consistent by staying truthful. Remind your witness to speak slowly and clearly when being questioned, and to let the attorney finish speaking before answering. If a question is unclear it is completely acceptable to ask for clarification so to give the best answer possible. By keeping to these tips, your case should go on without a hitch.

What is the Purpose of a Deposition?

By holding a deposition, attorneys can craft a more concise narrative to use in the court room. Witnesses are able to go over what should be said in court, and the opposing counsel can use this opportunity to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the supposed story. Discrepancies between the deposition and in-court testimony allow the opposing counsel to poke holes in the story, and make them apparent to the judge and jury. This is why consistency is key.

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