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A deposition is a witness’s sworn testimony outside of court and is a legal device used to discover and establish facts relevant to a civil case. You can be subpoenaed to testify in a deposition whether or not you are directly involved in the issue under dispute. A witness who is asked to answer questions during a deposition is called a deponent.
Though depositions take place outside of court and are not a part of the civil trial, as the witness you will be asked to swear to tell the truth. Your answers can influence whether or not a case proceeds to trial, and you may be called to return as a witness during trial to answer questions under oath.
If you’re being deposed, there are a few things you should be aware of:
As experienced civil litigators, the attorneys at Prim Law Firm, PLLC are well-versed in the do’s and don’ts of depositions. We ask pointed questions and follow-ups when overseeing and participating in depositions, and we protect the rights of the deponents we represent. If you are subpoenaed to give testimony for a personal injury case or another type of lawsuit, we are here to help. Contact our office in Hurricane, West Virginia by calling 304-721-4619 or contacting us online to schedule a free initial consultation.