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Jolene Schneider, Attorney: What is a Deposition?

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Jolene Schneider, Attorney: What is a Deposition?

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In contested cases, a great deal of work goes into preparing the case for court. Sometimes, it is necessary to conduct a deposition.A deposition is testimony taken under oath (under penalty of perjury) in advance of a trial or evidentiary hearing before a Judge or Court Commissioner. Typically, a deposition is taken both to learn information, and to “box” a witness into a story. Deposition testimony may bemay be used against that witness in court. Therefore, it is a very useful investigative and preparation tool for attorneys. A deposition is a formal question and answer session. The subject matter typically relates to the contested issues in the case. In divorces, depositions often focus on the financial affairs of the spouses and any issues relevant to legal custody/physical placement determinations. Often, the person being deposed is required to bring certain documents to the deposition. In those instances, the deponent will almost surely be asked questions about those documents. Th

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