Most people know that when they are in an accident they may have to give a statement about what happened, or that they might be called to testify about the events. Another common way to get evidence on record is to have a deposition taken, and it is important to understand how a deposition is given and how it is used so you can prepare yourself if asked to appear at a deposition. A deposition takes place in an informal setting, without the Judge or jury present and takes place prior to any trial of a case.
A deposition is used to find out what a party is likely to say when their day in Court does arrive, and this is what you can expect:
- There will be a Court Reporter present, who will be taking typographical notes of what is being said.
- The parties will ask questions about the case, about what was seen and hear, and how the events took place.
- The testimony is given under oath and can be used outside of the deposition setting to either confirm evidence, or to discredit a witness when contradictory versions are told.
A deposition is the parties’ chance to sit down and find out what the other knows about the case, and intends to say when asked in Court. Many times the information revealed is used to help decide whether a case should be settled, or taken to trial. Depositions can be taken of the parties themselves, or of a witness in the case. Depositions are part of the discovery process, which can also include sending written questions asking certain things to be admitted or denied, or to produce documents intended to be used as evidence or that support a theory raised in the case. It is critical to have a competent attorney by your side when you give a deposition, in case you have questions about what is going on or are uncertain if you are obligated to answer certain questions. Call our office today to find out what to expect at a deposition, and what type of approach is best for your case.
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