Medical Malpractice Dictionary: Deposition
Deposition: The interview of a person related to a lawsuit.
Deposition: A deposition is a legal procedure that is part of discovery in a case, where a person is interviewed about certain facts or questions by an attorney. The interview is usually oral questioning rather than written. The person interviewed may be the plaintiff, defendant, witness, fact witness, expert witness or other person relevant to the case. Depositions usually occur before the formal court case of a lawsuit, and are part of the "discovery" phase of a lawsuit. A deposition is similar to testifying in court for a lawsuit, but differs in many respects. Depositions may be recorded by a court reporter, tape recorder, or video recorder. A deposition usually does not occur in a courtroom, but often in less formal surroundings, for example in an conference room at an attorney's office. The judge may not be present at a deposition. The jury is not present at a deposition. Deposition testimony may or may not be entered as evidence in a lawsuit. Depositions can also occur as part of arbitration or other legal proceedings. Depositions and discovery are a complex area of law and require professional legal advice.
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