previous page next page

(iv) Deposition

Deposition - the most common form of discovery, a deposition generally takes place in a lawyer's office, where you, your spouse or other witnesses give oral testimony under oath. Listen to the question and answer only the question. Never volunteer information. Never state facts that you do not know. Depositions are used not only to gather information but also to assess the deponent's credibility and to document inconsistencies which may later occur if the deponent is called as a witness at trial. Most of your attorney's objections available at a trial do not apply here. Questions may be broad, but must focus on relevant case information.

If subpoenaed for a deposition, we strongly suggest that, prior to your testimony, you have your attorney prepare you for questions which may be asked by the opposing party at the deposition.