Top five ways to prepare for your deposition.
By: Destiny R. Barbosa, Esq.
There are several things you can do to be prepared for your deposition. First, what is a deposition? A deposition is a question and answer session that occurs when a dispute is in litigation. Depositions are common in litigation and they help the attorneys to learn facts and evidence that will be useful at trial. In fact, you or someone you know may have already had their deposition taken in the past. During your deposition, an attorney (who represents one of the parties involved) will sit down with you to ask you questions about what you saw or heard and remember about a particular incident. Your attorney is allowed to sit in the room with you and will be there to ensure that there are no inappropriate questions asked. All depositions are taken under oath and often times they are also videotaped. Every word that is said during the deposition will be typed up by a court reporter and could be shown to the Judge or Jury. As the “deponent” (or person who will answer the questions that will be asked) you can help yourself by doing the following items:
- Review any photographs or videos that you took or that your attorney has to help you recall the details about the scene or the people involved.
- Practice answering questions with your attorney or family members about the location, witnesses, or things that you saw or heard leading up to the incident.
- Review your deposition notice. The notice is the document that tells you where your deposition will be held, the day and time it is scheduled, whether or not the deposition will be videotaped, and if you are being asked to bring anything with you.
- It is important to be polite and courteous during your deposition. You will likely be asked questions by an opposing party and that can be uncomfortable at times but, remember that the court reporter will be in the room with you and will be typing down every word you say so, you must speak with caution and remember that your words and actions (if the deposition is videotaped) can be shown to a Judge or Jury at any point.
- Dress professionally. Considering the importance of your case, you need to be dressed appropriately in professional attire. Although your deposition will likely take place in a conference room, you need to dress as if you are going to be in court – remember, the video might be shown in court one day.
At the Romano Law Group, your attorney will assist you in preparing for your deposition and will make sure you are comfortable with the process. We will be there to guide you through the preparation and answer any questions you have.