A Complete Guide to Legal Depositions

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A Complete Guide to Legal Depositions


There are times when a personís testimony can be recorded outside of court and played during the actual hearing. This normally works best when a witness is in a distant location or other circumstances prevent them from appearing in court.

What Is a Deposition?
A deposition is basically a witnessís sworn testimony that has been recorded in a secure environment. Depositions can be videotaped or recorded with the witnessís lawyer present.

How Long Is a Deposition?
A legal deposition can take as long as needed for the witness to make their statement. However, states do put a limitation on how long a deposition can last per day, and itís normally, seven hours per day.

Things to Avoid During a Deposition
There are several things you should avoid during a legal deposition, which includes:
Never leave people guessing about what is expected, so always give prior instructions.
Make the environment as comfortable as possible.
Never mumble or deviate from the written questions.
Always speak as clearly as possible, and make sure all of the questions to be asked are clearly and concisely written.

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