This blog is about common deposition questions asked by attorneys.
Depositions are used to gather pretrial information during the discovery process by gaining the witness’s sworn testimony and for later use in court. Depositions are brought on usually by an attorney in lieu of a court reporter either in the attorney’s office or in a conference room provided by the court reporter. This is where the deponent will be sworn in by said court reporter and commence answering the truth to any questions lawfully asked by the attorneys present. Deposition questions can vary case by case, but here are some introductory questions often asked by attorneys.
These types of questions have two general purposes, to ease the witness into the deposition process and to keep the witness honest throughout the deposition.
- Do you understand that you are under oath and that being under oath means you are sworn to tell the truth?
- Have you ever had your deposition taken in the past?
- Do you understand that your responses here have the same impact as if you were in a courtroom with a judge and jury?
- Are you prepared to answer my questions today?
- Are you taking any medications that will prevent you from answering my questions?
- Will you let me know if you don’t understand one of my questions?
- If you need to take a break at any time, just tell me, and we’ll take a break. Is that okay?
The purpose of these common deposition questions is for the overall protection of the witness and the attorney asking the questions.
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