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What is a Deposition?

If you have ever been involved in any type of litigation, you may have heard the term “deposition” before.  A deposition is a question and answer session which is given under oath before a court report.  It holds the same weight as if though you were testifying in open court before a judge and jury.  Both plaintiff and defense attorneys may ask questions that are calculated to lead to admissible evidence.  This very general requirement gives the other side’s attorney the freedom to ask you a limitless number of questions, many of which will be tailored to trick you into some form of inconsistency or admission.  The key is to answer all questions to the best of your ability without guessing and without becoming agitated.  Defense attorneys are able to gauge what type of witness you will be before a jury should the case get to trial.  In short, the better you do at your deposition, the higher the likelihood the case will settle before trial. After all, no defense attorney wants to put a good witness on the stand, as it will wreck the defense’s case. 

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