Pursuing a lawsuit is a lengthy process. There are lots of steps and certain things that have to happen before a case can be resolved. One of the critical steps of a lawsuit is discovery. During discovery, both sides exchange information and gather evidence to support their claims or defenses.
Depositions are a common part of the discovery process. A deposition is the oral testimony of a witness outside of a courtroom. Typically, a deposition consists of a lawyer asking the person being deposed questions and the person being deposed will respond under oath. Depositions are generally pretty simple and straightforward.
There are a few helpful tips to keep in mind during the deposition process:
Always be honest.
Answer each and every question asked to the best of your ability. Depositions are taken under oath. If a question is not answered truthfully, the person can be held responsible under the penalty of perjury.
Don’t be nervous.
A deposition is just a question and answer session between the attorney and the person being deposed. Generally, the attorney will begin with background questions, and then will begin to ask questions that are specific to the case. All the court wants is for you to answer each question to the best of your ability.
The court reporter will be recording everything that is said. If he or she can’t hear as happens when people talk over each other, it can slow down the deposition process. To help the deposition go as smoothly as possible, you should:
- Speak slowly and clearly so the court reporter can hear.
- Make sure to wait until the question has been finished before answering.
- Don’t interrupt the attorney asking the questions.
Depositions occur in all types of lawsuits. It is always a good idea to consult with an attorney before being deposed. The attorneys at Powers Taylor have an abundance of experience both taking and defending depositions. Contact us today for a free consultation.