A deposition isn’t just a conversation and tits not about who is the loudest. It’s a record of events related to your client’s case. That’s why it’s important to avoid these speech habits that can ruin a deposition.
Talking Over Each Other
If you’re talking over the witness or other attorney, there’s a good chance the court reporter won’t be able to hear everyone talking which can be detrimental to your case not to mention annoying for everyone who has to sit through endless hours of repetition.
Asking the Wrong Question
This comes down to understanding how the witness fits the case strategy and asking them well-developed questions. Communicate the importance of answering honestly and to the best of their ability while also not interrupting you. Some depositions take longer than others so it’s important to keep the witness calm and use their time as best allowed by the situation. Asking questions that are underdeveloped often leads to a longer process.
Whether it’s too loud or too soft, volume control of everyone at the deposition is key to an efficient deposition. It helps the natural flow of the day and ensures their words are accurately captured.
Court reporters often share with us the frustration of not being familiarized with industry-specific terms and witness names prior to a deposition. They’re forced to research terms that could have otherwise been provided to them or ask for clarification at the proceeding. This is especially true for medical cases which can be technically challenging in regard to terminology and witness credentials. Couple that with a mumbling witness and you’ve got a frustrated reporter!
The more information and guidance you provide, the better the experience for everyone. Whether it’s a reminder to speak clearly or providing a witness list, the less time spent clarifying, the faster you get to the facts of the case.
At Kelty and Scott, we’re dedicated to matching our San Francisco area clients with the court reporter who can best meet their needs ensuring a good experience for you and your clients. Contact us today to learn more.