Avoiding Deposition Pitfalls

Orange County employment law lawyerOne of the most important aspects of the discovery process is the deposition. This process can help your Newport Beach employment lawyer get a better sense of the evidence that will be available at trial, including witness testimony. However, you may also be asked to provide answers to questions during depositions. Here is information about how to protect your case during depositions.

Avoid Conclusive Statements

When an attorney asks you a question that is designed to conclude a matter, it is important that you do all you can to keep the line of questioning open. For example, he or she may ask if you have provided all testimony related to a harassment claim or if you have listed every date when such harassment occurred. This strategy helps the defense attorney limit the testimony that you provide during subsequent proceedings.

Techniques to Utilize

In order to avoid making a conclusive statement, it is important that you add a phrase to show that you are not closing out the possibility that you will provide more information at another time. For example, you may say, “That is all that I can remember right now.” This sentence shows that there is a possibility that you may be able to remember and discuss more information at another time. However, do not use this tactic simply to prevent you from having to memorize important answers to questions that are central to your claim.

If you would like additional advice on deposition tricks to avoid, contact a Newport Beach employment attorney from Daily Aljian LLP at 949-861-2524.

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