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What Is a Deposition?

The legal process can seem confusing and a little intimidating, so at Brown & Barron, we explain some of the common legal terminologies and answer a few of the frequently asked questions. Here we discuss “What is a deposition?”

Simply speaking, a deposition is a pretrial examination under oath. During the deposition, attorneys from the other side will ask you questions, and a court reporter (and also possibly a videographer) will record your answers. There is a period of time in which you have the ability to correct or complete your answers if you happen to make a mistake or forget a detail. The answers you submit during your deposition are your sworn testimony, and that means they can be used in court.

The Setting

If you are asked by your attorney to participate in a deposition, do not worry; it is simply an opportunity for you to communicate your side of the story before the trial (or settlement), and your attorney(s) will prepare you for what you can expect. It will typically take place in your attorneys’ offices. Present will be the following attendees:

  • You
  • Your attorney(s)
  • The opposing attorney(s)
  • The court reporter (and possibly a videographer)

The Examination

During the deposition, you will be asked to raise your right hand and swear or affirm to tell the truth. Then you will be asked a series of questions. All you have to do is answer truthfully. To best represent yourself, it is important to speak clearly and to dress professionally (especially if there is a videographer present). The most important thing is to be truthful. If you make a mistake, it’s OK. There will be an opportunity for you to review a transcript or recording of the deposition and a period of time (around 30 days) during which you can make changes.

The purpose of the deposition is for the attorneys in the case (on both sides) to record your statements regarding the details of the case. The deposition is perhaps your largest contribution to your trial, and it is very important to the success of your case. Rest assured that your attorney will ensure that you are well prepared so that you know what to expect and can clearly explain the truth of your case.

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