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What is a Deposition?

A Deposition is an out of court, under oath interview of a party or witness. The questioning is done by the attorney of the party or witness.  The questions are about the pending case, including; fault or misconduct, money and financial matters, child related issues, and almost anything else that could lead to discoverable information.

A deposition allows you to find out the answer to questions that you may otherwise not know the answer to and allows for the attorney to ask “dumb” questions.

There is a lawyer cliché to never ask a question that you do not know the answer to. The way around this is to ask in the deposition. The deposition is typically not at the Court, but at the lawyer’s office or some other agreed upon place. The deposition is not seen by the Court, at least not automatically.

Depositions serve not only to provide an opportunity for answers, but also to create pressure. Pressure to settle, pressure to try to bring the pending matter to conclusion. Depositions can be long, difficult, embarrassing, but can also provide for closure, for a party to have their say, and to “clear the air.”

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney in Mississippi and has spent more hours in depositions than he cares to admit.

Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms             (601) 850-8000




Courtroom testimony is nerve-wracking.  You’re under oath, in the spotlight and half of the time you are being questioned by someone who is likely out to get you.  However, there is one thing to NOT do.

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Do NOT interrupt.

Do NOT interrupt the person examining you. Do not interrupt whoever is asking the question and do NOT interrupt the Judge.  It never ends well, even if what you have to say is very relevant and important. Wait. Say it when asked or when explaining your answer.  Also, do NOT just volunteer information.  A Question is asked, an Answer is given.  If there is a moment of silence or a pause while the next question is being formulated there is no need to fill in the silence with talking.  Be still.

Read more on testimonial war stories here and child testimony here.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Litigation Attorney in Mississippi and does his best to not interrupt the Judge.

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