Whether intentional or not, you may not get an answer to your question in a deposition. How you handle a nonresponsive answer should usually follow this five-step process. Continue reading
When dealing with an uncooperative deponent, it may be useful to immediately give oral notice of a motion to compel. You still have to give written notice, but an oral notice can be a powerful tool for convincing the deponent to answer or produce at the deposition. Continue reading
One of the common problems at deposition is improper coaching of the deponent by counsel. If you’re the examining attorney, there are three steps you can take to handle this situation. Continue reading
If you take depositions, it’s inevitable that you’ll encounter deponents who are difficult to question. In addition to maintaining a professional manner, consider using one or more of the following strategies, based on the difficulty you’re facing. Continue reading
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.
Related CEB blog posts:
- That’s Privileged! Claiming Privilege in a Deposition
- I Object! Know What Objections to Make at a Deposition
- Be Ready to Pounce on Objections in a Deposition
- To Correct or Not to Correct a Depo Transcript
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