Generally, depositions are a fairly intimate gathering with only the necessary attendees. But what do you do if you’re surprised by an unwelcome person who insists on being present? Continue reading
So, you’ve been hit with interrogatories. Before you start working on responses, review these 6 points. Continue reading
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In California, civil discovery is “self-executing,” i.e., a party demanding discovery doesn’t need prior court approval, and the responding party may object instead of providing the requested information. An objection often ends the matter, but sometimes it doesn’t, and the party resisting discovery has to consider moving for a protective order. Continue reading
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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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Under California law, anytime a defendant is charged with a crime of domestic violence, the court must consider issuing a criminal protective order on its own motion. These orders are generally characterized as “no contact” or “stay-away” orders. Many victims and even defendants ask the court to modify its order to permit peaceful contact, as we recently saw in the case of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Courts consider many factors in deciding whether to grant the modification. Continue reading
Handling objections in a deposition can be tricky. Some objections are subject to “use it or lose it.” Others aren’t waived even if you fail to raise them in the heat of the moment. Here’s a run down on objections during depos under California law. Continue reading
Because documents produced from computers will represent only a small fraction of the electronically stored information that may exist, a request for production during discovery may not be enough. To get at all the relevant documents, you may want to demand the physical inspection of the responding party’s computer system under CCP §2031.010(c). Continue reading