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A deposition document is a legal record of a witness's out-of-court testimony under oath. It's created during a deposition, which is a formal Q&A session that's part of the discovery phase of a lawsuit. Here's a breakdown of depositions and the documents they produce:

What is a Deposition?

  • Conducted by attorneys before a trial.

  • Witness (called the deponent) testifies under oath, answering questions from one or more attorneys.

  • A court reporter or videographer records the testimony verbatim (word-for-word).

The Deposition Document:

  • Transcript created from the recording by the court reporter.

  • Includes the deponent's answers, the attorney's questions, and any objections raised.

  • Reviewed by the deponent for accuracy and signed.

  • Can be used for various purposes, including:

    • Identifying strengths and weaknesses of a case.

    • Refreshing a witness's memory before trial.

    • Impeaching a witness's credibility at trial if their testimony contradicts their deposition.

Types of Depositions:

  • Oral deposition: The most common type, with attorneys asking questions directly.

  • Written deposition: Less frequent, uses written questions submitted in advance.

Involvement in a Deposition:

  • If you're a witness, an attorney may subpoena you to attend a deposition.

  • You have the right to legal counsel who can advise you during the deposition.

For further information on depositions, you can consult with an attorney or legal resources online.

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