So, you've received a subpoena to appear at a deposition. Perhaps you were involved in a lawsuit, or perhaps you were just a witness to an accident.
How do depositions work and what do you need to know if you are being deposed?
In Georgia, the statements made in a deposition could be used at trial, as if you were a witness at the trial. So basically, depositions are a very important stage of the lawsuit.
Here are a few things to know about depositions in Georgia:
- What's a deposition? A lawsuit is divided into several phases. The discovery phase of a lawsuit is when the attorneys dig for details. It's how information is discovered. That's where a deposition fits in.
- How long will a deposition last? Depositions can go on for a long time. Prepare to block off a large chunk of your day. If you're not sure, ask the attorney who issued the subpoena to give you a time estimate.
- Will it be recorded? Absolutely. Under Federal Rules and Georgia rules, the depositions can be recorded by a stenographer, and they can also be recorded through audio or video equipment.
- Should I answer all of the questions? Unless your attorney specifically directs you not to answer a question, you should be prepared to answer all of the questions. And answer them truthfully. If your attorney objects, you still answer the question. The objection is for the record but will be ruled on later on by a judge, Inside Counsel explains. For now, your attorney is objecting to preserve the right to exclude that statement later on.
- How should I dress for the deposition? It's always wise to dress professionally. Or if you don't have a suit and tie, just try not to wear jeans and a T-shirt. The deposition might be recorded and it's just a good idea to look neat and tidy when dealing with lawyers.