What Is a Deposition?
A deposition is a proceeding where a witness or party involved in a lawsuit provides sworn testimony under oath. In many respects a deposition is merely a conversation, albeit an important one, in that what you say, as well as how you say it, can affect the outcome of your case. Your deposition is the only opportunity for the opposing party, through counsel, to talk with you directly about your case before trial.
Depositions usually take place in a conference room or other informal setting outside a courtroom. A court reporter will be present to make a written record (or transcript) of everything that is said during the deposition. They are sometimes videotaped so others can view your demeanor. After the deposition, you will be given the opportunity to review the transcript.
Your attorney will help you prepare for the deposition and will be with you throughout the entire process. Our attorney and founding shareholder, Tim Monsees, explains what a deposition is and breaks down the guidelines for potential plaintiffs in this video. These guidelines will explain the deposition process, alleviate concerns you might have and help you make the best presentation possible.
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