The Deposition Process

Under the rules of practice in most states, each party can depose the opposing party as well as any witnesses. This means you may be required to appear at a specified time and place to give your oral testimony under oath, which will be recorded and transcribed for future use in the lawsuit. An accidents lawyer in Orange Park can prepare you for a deposition. What Happens in a Deposition? The basic rule of a deposition is that the questions asked have to be relevant to the case and/or capable of leading to the discovery of relevant facts. If you are being deposed, an attorney representing the opposing party will ask you questions relating to the accident and injuries suffered that are the basis of this lawsuit. Your attorneys lawyer in Orange Park will attend the deposition with you. The deposition will probably be videotaped and your testimony will be recorded by an official court reporter to prepare a written transcript of the testimony. You will be able to review the transcript and make corrections. What is the Purpose of the Deposition? A deposition is used to probe the recollection of the witness. This will help the lawyers to prepare for trial. The deposition also shows the lawyers if you will be a good witness at trial. Basically, you are being deposed for one or more of the following reasons: • To ascertain what facts you know regarding the issues in the lawsuit; • To nail down your answers under oath so you cannot change them later; • To ferret out information you may have that is favorable to the opposition; • To find ways to discredit you and/or your testimony; • To find ways to discredit the testimony given by other witnesses regarding the same issues; and • To get an overall impression of how you present yourself and to make an assessment as to whether or not you will be credible before a judge or jury at trial. Your deposition can either help or hurt your case, depending on the way you present yourself. Hopefully the deposition will advance your case by promoting a settlement or assisting your attorney in trial preparation. Call Us This information, in conjunction with consultations with your attorney before your deposition, will ensure that you are well prepared for your deposition. If you need the services of a skilled accidents lawyer in Orange Park, call John Fagan at (904) 215-5555 to schedule an initial consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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