Will you soon be giving a video deposition and not sure what to do? If so, it will help to know the following tips for giving a deposition.
Always Tell The Truth
Be aware that everything that you say during a deposition is being recorded verbatim. You don't want to be caught in a situation where you are accused of perjury for not being honest during a deposition. That's why you should always focus on telling the truth. Chances are that you will be caught if you are dishonest, and there are legal consequences for doing so.
Be Consistent In Your Story
The transcript of your deposition can be used in a trial later, so you always want to be consistent with what you say. Choose your words carefully, and know that a lawyer can go through a transcript later on and pick apart your words in places where you are not consistent.
Know That It's Okay To Say You Don't Remember
If you are asked a question that you do not know the answer to, know that it is perfectly acceptable to say that you do not remember. You do not want to guess and be inconsistent or accused of lying. Saying that you do not recall is the best answer you can give when you honestly cannot answer the question.
Ask To Clarify Questions
You may be confused by a question during your deposition. Know that it is appropriate to ask for clarification of the question if you don't understand it. You don't have to answer the question as it was originally presented to you, and can ask for clarification until it makes sense.
Take Time To Think About Your Answer
You also do not need to rush into answering a question. It is acceptable to give yourself a moment to think about your answer before you give it. Take as much time as you need, since taking a moment is not going to be used against you. Thinking about your answer helps you be consistent in your story as well since you can carefully choose your words before you say them.
Review Documents During The Deposition If Necessary
Know that you have the option to review documents during the deposition if necessary. You don't have to rely on your memory when recalling a document, since it's possible to take another look.
Never Volunteer Information
When you are asked a question during a video deposition, you should only answer the question being asked of you. Do not say any more than what is necessary to answer the questions. It is the lawyer's responsibility to ask follow-up questions for more information.
For more information on lawyer video depositions, contact a professional near you.