Monday, December 5, 2011

Your Deposition Power the Court Arena

Getting in on the Record

Know When, Why, What, and How ...

Slay your opponent with depositions!
Happy DepositionBut!
Like other tools in your "Lawyer's Little Red Toolbox", depositions are best used:
  1. At the right time,
  2. For the right reason,
  3. In the right way!
A deposition is not a friendly coffee-klatch!
It's not a "social event".
Beware of sneaky lawyers, who'll try to turn the serious fact-finding business of deposition into a friendly "conversation".
Do not allow it.
When you see it coming, stop it immediately!

  • Depositions are designed so you can go after facts, any facts, that might lead to the discovery of "admissible evidence". The rules are fairly loose. You can ask questions and get answers that you could not get later at trial, where the rules of evidence are more strictly enforced.

But, some lawyers try to lull deposition witnesses into a false sense of security by being "friendly", asking questions about Aunt Suzy's recipe for butterscotch cookies or where Uncle Bill spent his vacation last year. This is done not to get at relevant facts but to trick the witness into "chatting", getting you and the witness off-guard so improper questions can be "popped" while you day-dream about how many quarters you put in the parking meter outside.

"I understand you're quite a golfer, Mr. Witness."
Red flag!

The lawyer is setting things up to go beyond the scope of allowable questioning. The next thing you know, the witness will complain about the exorbitant country club dues he pays. Or, he may brag about his success on the links in Las Vegas last summer. Answers that may give your opponent power to defeat you!
  • Don't be duped.
  • Your opponent's lawyer doesn't care a thing about the witness' golfing.
  • He's on a fishing expedition.
  • He's after something else.
Here's the rule that constrains depositions to facts (explained fully in the official Jurisdictionary

The scope of discovery (requests for admissions, requests for production, interrogatories, depositions, and subpoenas) is limited by the rules to finding facts that are "reasonably calculated to lead to discovery of admissible evidence!

A golfer's handicap has nothing to do with his mortgage or child support or where he was last summer!
"Objection! Goes beyond the scope of discovery!"

If the other side continues to abuse the rule, you have the right to terminate the deposition and file a motion with the court for an order directing the lawyer to keep within the rule.

  • On one occasion in my 25 years as a case-winning attorney, the lawyer on the other side was so devious and his insurance company client so evasive, I forced the judge to appoint a special master to sit in on the depositions and rule on my objections then-and-there. I got the evidence I wanted out of that evasive executive, and the insurance company settled with my client the day before trial!
  • In another case the opposing lawyer was so ridiculous, I required the judge to order the lawyer to bring his client to the courtroom and answer questions under oath in front of the judge. That was the end of his sneaky tricks.

There's much more you need to know to successfully use depositions in your case. It's all in the course. Other blogs on Deposition >>
If you don't already have the official Jurisdictionary course, now's the time to Order
and start learning before you end up kicking yourself!

You will learn
  1. When (waiting until you know more about the case),
  2. Why (getting witnesses under oath before trial),
  3. What (knowing which facts you need to get)
  4. How (handling the deposition with tact and tactics)
Know how to use the rules!
Far too many good people lose in court because they don't know how to control the lawyer on the other side or the black-robed judge on the bench. They may have the "law on their side", but they will lose if they don't know how to control a deposition (for example) or when to proceed to deposition or how to draft a proper motion or why it's important to make courtroom objections, etc.
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