Deposition 101

Understanding the Basics

Keleher’s Deposition Reporting for Kern County

What is a Deposition?

As a part of the essential conduct discovery phase, depositions are gathered in order for legal professionals to compile a full profile of facts and testimonies regarding their current case. Depositions are considered a formal investigation and every called-upon witness are questioned under oath. During the deposition, the questions and answers from both the witness and attorney are taken down by Bakersfield court reporters in a written transcript used for later analysis. Although they are not legally required, depositions carry an indispensable role when formulating the best strategies to win your case.


The Function of a Deposition

Depositions are a way of drafting a cohesive narrative of events to present in the courtroom. Part of the deposition can be considered a practice session for the witness to go over their testimony should they need to present it in court, while the main purpose of a deposition is meant to be an investigative operation for the opposing legal counsel. The opposition is preparing for what the witness will say, a greater understanding of the events that have unfolded and to poke holes in the story should there be any inconsistencies.


Certify an Impenetrable Defense

In order to ensure a solid case, it is best if your story remains consistent. Inconsistencies are often criticized by legal news sites, and it’s been proven that the best method for ensuring consistency is telling the truth. In addition, remind your witness to speak slowly and carefully when being questioned and to let the attorney finish asking their questions before answering. So long as the answers are truthful, “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer. And reminding or even encouraging your witness to ask for clarification if an attorney’s question is vague or unclear is an excellent tactic to guarantee an unvarying deposition.


Accurate Deposition Transcripts in California

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