April 22, 2021
Remote depositions can be extremely beneficial to attorneys in moving cases forward, especially since COVID-19 has forced many of the proceedings to be held virtually. Virtual depositions are nothing new, but the dramatic increase in their use has demanded changes be made to streamline the process.
By properly preparing the witness, you will be able to explain the importance of their role. They will need to understand how imperative it is that they provide the most accurate testimony possible to prevent any misunderstandings and confusion. Preparing your witness will ensure that they act as effective deponents.
Many witnesses are nervous before being deposed. Explaining how the legal proceedings work and what they will be required to do during the deposition will help put them at ease. Go through the steps by setting up a mock deposition so that they get to see first-hand what they will be doing and the questions they will be asked. It will give them peace of mind and the confidence to take their role seriously.
Working with a witness before the deposition will ensure that they have the proper tone when speaking. If they sound too hesitant, it may be assumed that they aren’t fully committed to their answer. If they speak in a flippant or arrogant tone, they may be considered boastful and unreliable. Speaking in a consistent manner with proper inflection will allow them to sound more credible.
Witnesses who roll their eyes, fidget in their seats, or act nervous can be very disruptive during a deposition. Preparing your witness before they take their seat will hopefully help them curtail the behaviors that make them seem unreliable or uncommitted to their testimony.
Witnesses who have been through traumatic events may become confused or overwhelmed. Preparing them for the deposition and letting them know what to expect will help them stay focused and on the topic while they are being questioned. With proper preparation, your witness can stay calm and focused, allowing them to provide credible testimony in court.
With proper preparation, your deponent will be able to successfully complete their deposition, providing you with valuable testimony and a reliable court document that you can effectively use in any court proceeding. At Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters, our goal is to provide you with the best possible court reporting services available. We can help prepare your witness and complete your deposition so that you have the documents and video recording you need to build a successful case. For more information on online depositions, contact us today!