The Purpose of a Deposition
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Sun Apr 2012
- Car Accidents,
Any New Jersey car accident lawyer can tell you that depositions can be used for many purposes. For example, depositions can help personal injury attorneys gather facts to determine which people they need to depose, as well as help them discover what those witnesses know.
Additionally, once the attorney has heard what a witness’ testimony will be for trial, it will virtually “freeze” that testimony, locking the witness into one set of facts that cannot be changed later at trial. If the witness does try to change his or her testimony, a skilled New Jersey car accident lawyer can use the transcript from the deposition to impeach that witness.
Depositions can also be used to get admissions from a witness. “Admissions,” as used when discussing a deposition, can be any fact that an attorney gets from a witness that will weaken the witness’ story and boost the plaintiff’s. Moreover, a New Jersey car accident lawyer might also find it helpful to use the deposition as a way to authenticate certain documents before the actual trial.
Oftentimes, a deposition will also be used to support several types of motions, because deposition testimony is far more convincing than affidavits since the witness will be subject to cross-examination by the opposing attorney.
If you are preparing for a deposition and would like to learn more about how it will be used in your case, you should speak with a competent New Jersey car accident lawyer who can provide you with the information that you need. Please call Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404 for a free consultation.