Frequently Asked Questions
What is a deposition?
A deposition is testimony given under oath before a court reporter, but they usually take place in an attorney's office, not the courtroom. Depositions are important in the preparation of a case for trial and generally permit questions that are broader than what is permissable during the actual trial. Depositions can be used to impeach your credibility if you later deviate from prior statements. They are used to discover facts of the case and to uncover additional witnesses. Depositions are also used to narrow the issues of the case. Failing to appear for a deposition potentially subjects you to being held in contempt of court. Always consider exercising your right to legal counsel before providing deposition testimony.
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