The Deposition Handbook: A Guide To Help You Give A Winning Deposition

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This book helps deposition witnesses--and even attorneys--get through the deposition process easily and knowledgeably. It gives relevant information in plain English, points out pitfalls, and helps the reader feel empowered!

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Virginia Lathan started writing when working as a court reporter. For her, court reporting was interesting but not creative, which made her pursue her desired choice of professions: writing. She wrote the first edition of The Deposition Handbook in 1991, and since then she's written two other non-fiction books--"Preventing Sexual Harassment: A Training Manual for the Workplace" and "Needs Assessment: A Guide for Community Action." She's now working on a suspense/thriller novel, which will be published in 2010.

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The transcript that follows contains excerpts from testimony taken at an actual deposition. The witness' responses to the questions demonstrate her ability to provide answers that strengthen her position. Some of the factors that show her skill in answering questions are: if she wasn't answering the exact question that was asked, she made this clear in her answer; if she didn't understand a question, she said so; if she needed to explain or clarify her answer, she did so; if she didn't know the answer to a question, many times she would state why she didn't know; if she was asked about the contents of a document and needed to see the document before answering a question, she asked to see it; if there was an opportunity for her to include in her answer information that might be damaging to the credibility of the other side, she did that; she did not allow herself to be misquoted; if she needed a recess to talk to her attorney, she requested one. In essence, she wasn't intimidated by the questioning attorney.

At the same time, though, her interjections were not so intrusive, or outlandish, as to be characterized as being obstructive to the process. She didn't cross that line, and I suggest that you don't either.

A WORD OF CAUTION

This transcript has been included to demonstrate how a witness can answer questions effectively; however this witness is a plaintiff. Plaintiffs' answers tend to be wordy because they're attempting to get their complaints out. If you are a defendant in a lawsuit, it's advisable that you...

[What follows is an excerpt from the Sample Transcript, taken from pages 88-89]

Q.Now, in paragraph 7 you state that you told Anna Welsh that her predecessor, Marva Reynolds, left ScanVech because she was at the top of the salary scale for that position and had been offered a job elsewhere that provided greater earning and growth potential. Is that the only reason you gave as to why that former employee left ScanVech?

A. At the time, yes.

Q. Did you tell Anna anything else about that later?

A. I don't recall. I may have.

Q. What do you think you told Anna Welsh at a later date about the reason that Marva Reynolds left ScanVech?

A. I may have informed her that Miss Reynolds was no longer happy at ScanVech, because due to working with Miss Owens, she was feeling frazzled and was looking to get out.

Q. Isn't it true you encouraged Miss Reynolds to take the job that she eventually took?

A. Miss Reynolds told me about the job, but I did not encourage her to take that or any job, specifically. She informed me she went on the interview and liked the job. She said she liked the salary. She decided on her own to go for it. I told her it sounded like an excellent opportunity, but I did not encourage her to take that job versus any other position.

Q. Did you have any discussions with her about taking that job?

A. As I just said, she told me about it, so obviously we had a discussion about her taking the job. But again, I didn't urge her to take it.

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