A deposition is a basically a formal question-and-answer session — under oath — utilized to gather testimony and evidence to use at trial. Depositions are governed by Rule 30 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure – or their state corollary rule.
During a deposition, all testimony by the deponent (party or non-party watch ) is recorded in a document called a transcript. A court reporter transcribes all the questions and answers using a machine known as a stenograph – which can be used to prove their claims and defenses at trial. Here are some important tips for preparing and completing depositions from the trial lawyers at Sawan & Sawan.
Take Time to Prepare
First Impressions Matter
Honesty is the Best Policy
Remember the Record
Only Answer What’s Asked
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Although not required, we always advise people to seek the counsel of an experience trial lawyer for any formal legal proceeding. Remember that, just because there isn’t a judge or jury present when you are taking a deposition, it is a recorded legal proceeding that can have profound effects on your case. It also is conducted by experienced lawyers who are trained to damage your position. At Sawan & Sawan, our trial lawyers can help you with an deposition or court case by: