Deposition Testimonies: All You Need to Know
The society we live in is blame-based and litigious in nature. At least one point in your life, you will be called upon to vividly provide your testimony on a given set of facts at a deposition. Nonetheless, a lot of people, especially property owners, are not even aware of what a deposition is and why they are necessary for the litigation process. Here are frequently asked questions on depositions with their comprehensive answers:
What is a deposition testimony?
A deposition testimony is a legal procedure that allows the parties involved in a lawsuit to fish out any facts and other relevant information that the other party may be holding. After all, what’s a civil lawsuit for? It is supposed to determine facts, allocate faults, and compensate the victim, doesn’t it?
Depositions will allow investigations of facts to take place, and determine the credibility of the witnesses’ claims by thoroughly assessing them. They also act as preservations of testimonies in the court of law in case something happens to a party or witness before the trial occurs.
Nonetheless, the most important use of the preserved testimony is to catch the witness or party in a contradictory statement or changing the story. In case of such an occurrence, the jury is most likely to give that trial testimony much less weight in determining the final verdict of the case.
How does a deposition work?
Depositions do not take place in courts; they are usually held at an attorney’s office. An attorney or any other authorized person will ask the deponent or witness several questions about the events and facts related to the case which are then recorded by a court reporter.
All parties of the lawsuit can attend the deposition, and the deponent is usually accompanied by his/her attorney. However, the attorney’s roles and powers are more limited here than in a courtroom. Often, deposition questions are broader than what is allowed in courts.
At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we not only provide accurate legal counsel reporting of your claims but also support them with deposition testimonies in court if need be.
When is a deposition necessary?
Whether a deposition is required, depends on the facts and circumstances of each case. Nonetheless, lawsuits that involve only legal issues (not factual) do not require depositions since evidence and witness testimonies are not relevant here. However, in many legal cases, especially those involving properties, depositions testimonies play significant roles in painting a complete picture of the issues in question. Depositions are critical elements of the success of a case; so, they should be handled with all seriousness.
At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we provide property owners as well as attorneys with factual legal counsel reporting of claims that are supported by depositions as well as trial testimonies if necessary. Our depositions and legal testimonies have never been disallowed or successfully challenged in a court of law. You are safe with us! Our team of experts is always available to offer that helping hand. Contact us today for comprehensive legal counsel reporting.