What’s a Deposition and How Do I Prepare?

Posted by admin on April 27th, 2006

Depositions put in to basic understanding are simply a series of questions that must be answered truthfully just like you are under an oath. Court stenographers usually are present at the taking of depositions and they simply take down all the parties present at the deposition, and any thing said both questions and answers. Usually the line of questioning is very direct only allowing yes or no answers. These depositions are most often conducted by lawyers before court hearings to find out information, facts, truths, or even lies that sometimes can be found through this line of questioning.

Usually both sides of any court case will have the opportunity to take depositions for any one connected to a case including eyewitness, both friendly and hostile witness and even expert testimony from professionals in fields of expertise that would be relevant to a case. Depositions are powerful tools that can dig down and find the truths and if cases are not settled prior to actual court trials these depositions will be used to keep people testifying from changing their story when they are on the stand.

Once depositions are completed they are transcribed in to booklet that contains all of the questions and answers asked and given. You will receive special instructions to review the transcript for any errors, and what to do if you find any. So now that you understand what a deposition is here is some tips that will help you prepare if you are ever requested to be deposition.  Number one is always telling the truth, this information can be used against you in a court of law and then it’s too late to change your answers.

When you are ask any questions in a deposition, remain calm, and try to keep your answers short as you possibly can, simple yes or no is usually all that’s needed. If it’s a question that (Yes or No) simply wont do, then you might say (I Don’t Know) or (I don’t remember.)  Do not try to explain your answer. If the other attorney wants a better explanation he will ask for one.

Remember never answer any question until your attorney indicates for you to. Above all no matter what you are ask remain calm don’t lose your temper or get angry. When you have to appear for a deposition, dress as you would when applying for a professional job.

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