Hopefully you are reading this out of curiosity and not because you are either a defendant or plaintiff having to go through the ordeal of being deposed!
But, in the event you are at some point sitting in the chair being asked questions by an attorney sitting across the table, these are some great tips concerning deposition do’s and don’ts from the website Lawyerist.com:
- Answer only the question asked. For example, if you are asked what day it is, answer “Tuesday,” not “it is Tuesday and it’s my daughter’s birthday today and the sun is out.”
- If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification.
- Do not get upset or otherwise react to the questions. Body language can be very revealing.
- Do not look at your lawyer for help.
- Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know.” Do not speculate or guess.
- Ask to take a break if you need one. (Be careful of what you discuss during the break; it is probably discoverable once the deposition resumes.) (Source)
If there are any other tips concerning the deposition process that readers would like to offer, please leave them in the comments section below.