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5 Ways to Defeat Deposition Abuse

Have you been on the receiving end of opposing counsel’s abuse during a deposition? Non-stop meritless objections, constant witness coaching, or just rude and unprofessional behavior can catch you off guard and leave you feeling unprepared.

This short video discusses the most common abuses attorneys experience during depositions, and then gives 5 ways to effectively deal with them.

These tips and many others for taking and defending depositions are found in CEB’s California Civil Discovery Practice.  Also check out CEB’s Handling Depositions for a step-by-step guide through the deposition process.

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22 replies on “5 Ways to Defeat Deposition Abuse”

I think that Julie is a superb presenter. She looks right at me, and speaks in such a pleasant way that I’m immediately interested in what she has to say. I like also the 5 minute format, and the screen tips as she speaks.
Having worked in TV some years ago, I was distracted somewhat by the frequent jump cuts, because I know that there are ways around this.
You can bet tho, that I’ll be tuning in again.

[…] But stand by your objections when they are proper. If you find yourself making deposition-appropriate objections to preserve them for trial and the other side is attempting to argue with you or bully you into withdrawing valid objections, make a record of the unprofessional behavior and constant interruptions. If the behavior doesn’t stop, adjourn the deposition and seek a protective order. See 5 Ways to Defeat Deposition Abuse. […]

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