February 4, 2016

Choose the Court Deposition Method That Works Best for You

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: Deposition

Finding out the right Court Deposition

A court deposition involves both sides of a case preparing for trial by collecting as much information as possible about what the other side knows. This process of learning the opponent’s position is called “discovery,” which helps both sides gain a clear picture of what information will be presented at the trial. Here are common ways to conduct court depositions.

Purpose of a Court Deposition

Court RoomThe purpose of a deposition is for attorneys to collect information by interviewing witnesses. It’s a way to document statements in which individuals are expected to remain committed or risk losing credibility. Sometimes it uncovers facts that make a difference in a case. A witness is put under oath and answers questions while a stenographer tracks everything spoken.

Sometimes attorneys can trick the other side into making a mistake during the deposition. Most of the time, however, the court deposition will help shape the most important issues of the case. Individuals who are interviewed at depositions should think carefully about the answers they give. They should also prepare to answer questions about their background and potentially embarrassing questions about the case.

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People Present at Depositions

A court deposition can comprise several people, including attorneys for both sides and a court reporter. Additionally, there may be a video camera operator, a personal attorney and a witness attorney. Sometimes family members and insurance adjusters attend as well. A health care lawsuit usually includes the appearance of at least one of the individuals suing the company.

Court Deposition Philosophy

Plaintiffs are at an advantage when they move the case along in a speedy fashion. Defendants, on the other hand, have an advantage when the case moves at a slower pace. The more it costs the other side to continue the case, the more financially painful it may be, leading to a settlement.

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