Your case is moving along and you have just finished your first deposition. While a deposition itself can be a stressful thing, you are probably wondering what happens now? Usually after a deposition, many people feel anxious about what happens next and where their case goes from here. To help you understand the next steps, here are a few of the normal things that happen after a deposition:
While you were in your deposition, you may have noticed that there was a court reporter there typing away on a small machine. The court reporter is there to ensure that there is a record of everything that was said and that happened during the deposition. After a deposition is finished, the court reporter will then take the record and transcribe it into a transcript of the deposition. This process can take a few weeks to finish.
Review of the Transcript
Once the transcript is finished, all of the parties in your case will receive a copy. You, your attorney, and any other parties in your case will have time to look through the transcript for any problems, inconsistencies, or errors. These problems can be in the transcript itself or pertain to what you testified to during the deposition. If you find that there are any errors in the transcript, you feel that you misstated something, the court reporter misquoted you, or any other problems, you need to let your attorney know immediately.
Your attorney will also go through the deposition and evaluate everything in the transcript. This process can take several hours, or longer, even with specialized software that helps make deposition review faster and easier. Once they finish reviewing the transcript, your attorney will be able to give you an evaluation of how the deposition may affect your overall case. Don’t be upset by this assessment, it is not anything personal toward you. Keep in mind that this is the reason that you hired your attorney in the first place, for their professional opinion and skills. Your attorney may decide that they need to depose other people that can help to fill in any gaps in the case.
Depositions Used In Court
Remember that your deposition can and probably will be used in court and in pleadings as a factual basis for allegations or other areas dealing with your case. It can also be used during a trial to impeach witnesses or to help contradict a witness’ testimony. Due to the fact that depositions are all taken under oath, they can also be used as evidence. During your case, you may be confronted in court with information that is in your deposition, this includes disagreeable statements that you may have made in your deposition.
One Last Point
Keep in mind that once your deposition becomes part of a public court record, it can then be accessible even after your case is finished.
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