May 26, 2016
Legal depositions are an important part of many cases. When a witness is asked to be deposed, it is important to prepare them properly so they are comfortable during the interview. Legal depositions that are videotaped require additional preparation so the person knows how to appear professional without being afraid or uncomfortable.
It is important to detail the entire deposition process. This will let them know what to expect and prevent any surprises during the actual deposition. Include different situations the interviewee may find themselves in so they know how to react. Legal depositions must be handled carefully, especially if the witness is a child. Take the necessary time needed to make sure they understand what is about to take place.
Make sure you answer any questions the witness may have. Let them know that it is acceptable for them to ask to have something clarified if they don’t understand a question. Make it clear that it is important not to guess and only to give accurate answers.
If the witness is still unclear of what is going to happen, you can stage a mock deposition to show them how the process will unfold once the interview is started. You can create a variety of situations that may occur during the interview.
When taking a video deposition, it is important to show the witness how to sit and where to look while the camera is going. Practicing the right posture will help make it easier for the videographer to capture facial expressions and body language.
Colleen Jilio-Ryan is the Owner of Jilio-Ryan, a Tustin based premiere law consulting firm. The firm along with its certified court reporters is dedicated to providing the highest quality deposition and litigation services to attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations. With her sincere efforts, Colleen is committed to meeting the highest standards of the legal industry, and is an industry leader when it comes to on-time court reporting and deposition scheduling.