Clients often ask me, and not just clients, people who are required to give deposition testimony sometimes under a subpoena will ask me: Why do I have to do this?
What is the point of this deposition? There’s a very short answer to that and then there’s also a more elaborate answer. The short answer is you’re there because you have to be there. You are compelled to be there. The court is ordering that you be there. It is part of the case. If you are a plaintiff and you are bringing a lawsuit, giving a deposition is something that you are required to do. That’s the short answer. Why are you doing this? Because you have to.
Well why do you have to? Why are the rules set up in such a way that you have to go through this process? A deposition is a tremendously effective tool and discovery device for getting at the truth. It is used by the attorneys on both sides of the case to find out what really happened, to find out what are the witnesses going to testify to if this case goes to trial.
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