Civil Depositions in Arlington, Massachusetts

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A civil deposition in Arlington, Massachusetts occurs in many civil litigation cases, as part of the discovery process.

Discovery, in Arlington, Massachusetts is a very important step in the civil litigation process. It is when all of the relevant evidence is gathered by both sides, and, generally, each side must disclose that evidence to the other.

In Arlington, Massachusetts, one way to obtain relevant evidence is to ask people involved in the dispute (both parties and witnesses) about their knowledge of the matter. This is done through a civil deposition. It is essentially a question and answer session between a lawyer, and a witness or party to the action. A lawyer for the other side is present, as well as a court reporter or videographer. The lawyer asks questions of the person being deposed, who must answer them under oath.

Conducting A Civil Deposition in Arlington, Massachusetts

In Arlington, Massachusetts, the main reason to conduct a deposition, as opposed to having someone testify in court, is to save time. After days of depositions, the jury can be presented with just the relevant testimony, if the case goes to trial. Also, it's a good idea to conduct a deposition if there's any reason to believe that the witness will not be able to show up to court to testify, due to poor health, or any other reason.

Arlington, Massachusetts civil depositions can go on for a long time - occasionally going for a week or more. If you get subpoenaed to give your testimony in a Arlington, Massachusetts civil deposition, this could prove to be incredibly inconvenient.

Therefore, Arlington, Massachusetts's civil procedure rules allow a person to be compensated for the time and money they spend in appearing at a deposition. If the witness lives far away from the location of the deposition, as is sometimes the case in large trials, they can be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses, and compensated for their time. However, this money cannot be used to influence HOW they testify, just to mitigate the inconvenience associated with testifying.

If you are called to a deposition in Arlington, Massachusetts, it's absolutely essential that you answer all the questions truthfully, to the best of your knowledge. When testifying in a deposition, you are under oath, just as you would be in open court. Deliberately lying in a deposition is perjury, which is a serious crime.

How Can A Arlington, Massachusetts Lawyer Help?

If you are the plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit, you almost certainly already have a Arlington, Massachusetts lawyer. If either party to the lawsuit calls you for a deposition, your lawyer will have plenty of advice for you. You should, of course, follow that advice to the letter.

If you're not a party to a lawsuit in Arlington, Massachusetts, but have knowledge about some of the facts that are at issue in a pending case, you might still be called to appear in a deposition. In that case, you probably don't need to hire a lawyer.

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Life in Arlington

Arlington is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. It is very near Boston--approximately 6 miles northwest of it. Arlington has a population of around 42,900 people.

For nature lovers, Arlington is the place to be! It is filled with beautiful parks. Popular sites include Menotomy Rocks Park, Robbins Farm Park, Robbins Library, and Spy Pond Park. Other popular attractions include the Arlington Center Historic District, the Cyrus E. Dallin Museum, Henry Swan House, the Jason Russell House, Water Tower at Park Circle and the Uncle Sam Memorial Statue.

Past famous residents of Arlington include Dane Cook, Olympia Dukakis, Timothy Hutton, Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, and Tom Yewcic.

The legal industry also has a presence in Arlington because many attorneys call Arlington home. These attorneys practice in many areas of law and focus on providing excellent and personalized legal services.

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