Depositions are fact-finding missions used to gather evidence and information before a trial. Attorneys will ask you a series of questions, and you’re obligated to answer truthfully.
The following are some tips for giving a deposition that will help your case:
- Do not take notes about the event with you to the deposition. Any such papers are subject to review by the opposing council.
- Dress professionally. Don’t wear flashy or excessive jewelry.
- Don’t overdo makeup.
- Sit up straight, make eye contact, and be pleasant.
- Answer “yes” or “no.” Don’t just nod.
- Avoid definitive words like “always” or “never.”
- Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” It’s better to admit that you don’t know an answer than to guess.
- If you don’t understand a question, don’t take a stab at it. Ask for clarification.
- Don’t volunteer information. Wait for the next question.
- Be consistent. You might be asked different variations of the same question.
- Take your time answering questions. Don’t let anyone rush you.