Understanding the Basics of a Deposition
A deposition is a key part of any trial preparation, even if it never makes it to the actual courtroom trial. Depositions are gathered during the conduct discovery phase, which is when legal professionals compile facts and testimonies regarding their current case. It is considered a formal investigation. Every deposition witness are questioned under oath. During the deposition, the witness undergoes a question and answer session while court reporters take down a written transcript of everything said for later analysis.
Depositions are a way of formulating a cohesive timeline of events to present in the courtroom. Part of it is a practice session for the witness to go over their testimony should they need to present it in court, while the other half of a deposition is meant to be a fact-finding mission for the opposing legal counsel. The opposition is preparing for what the witness will say, to get a greater understanding of the events that have unfolded, and to poke holes in the story should there be any inconsistencies.
In order to keep your case solid, it is best if your story remains consistent. Inconsistencies are often criticized by news sites, and it’s been proven that the best method for ensuring consistency is by telling the truth. In addition, remind your witness to speak slowly and carefully when being questioned and to let the attorney finish asking their questions before answering. So long as the answers are truthful, “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer, and asking for clarification if an attorney’s question is vague or unclear is also an encouraged tactic to give an unvarying deposition.
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