What to expect at a deposition
A deposition is one aspect of a legal process known as “discovery.” Discovery is a series of steps lawyers take in order to gather the facts necessary to try a case.
During a deposition, the attorney for the other party involved in the lawsuit has the opportunity to ask you questions in order to take down your testimony before the trial. Your attorney will spend time with you reviewing the questions you are likely to be asked as well as practicing your responses.
The deposition begins with you being sworn in under oath, promising to tell the truth when giving your answers. The entire deposition will be recorded. This can be done through notes taken by a court reporter, a tape recording device, video or some combination of these.
You have the right to have your attorney with you during a deposition. It is by far in your best interest to have your lawyer present. Your lawyer can protect you during the deposition by objecting to inappropriate or improper questions and ensuring that you are not being harassed.
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