Civil Depositions in Easton, Pennsylvania

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Depositions are part of the discovery procedure in Easton, Pennsylvania civil litigation.

In Easton, Pennsylvania, "discovery" is a procedure that happens before a civil trial, during which both sides are obligated to disclose relevant evidence to the other.

One of the most effective ways to obtain information relevant to a lawsuit in Easton, Pennsylvania is to conduct a deposition of a party who you believe to be privy to that information. A deposition is a Q&A session between an attorney representing one of the parties to a lawsuit, and someone who has knowledge relevant to the lawsuit. This can be one of the parties, or a witness. The individual being deposed is sworn in, and must answer all of the questions presented to them under oath. An attorney representing the other side can object to lines of questioning, on every grounds that would be valid during in-court testimony. The purpose of this is mainly to get the objection on the record, but if it proves to be a major sticking point, a judge can rule on the objections later. If any questions are found to be invalid, the questions, and their answers, will not be shown to the jury during trial. This is much more effective than simply instructing the jury to disregard a question and answer they've already heard.

Conducting A Civil Deposition in Easton, Pennsylvania

If the parties believe that a witness in Easton, Pennsylvania won't be able to show up in court to testify during trial, because of age, bad health, upcoming military deployment, possible incarceration, or any other reason, a deposition is a very good way to get their testimony on the record before the trial. Also, if they have to be questioned for several days, it is a good way to save the court's time.

Easton, Pennsylvania civil depositions can go on for a long time - sometimes going for a week or more. If you get subpoenaed to provide your testimony in an Easton, Pennsylvania civil deposition, this could prove to be incredibly inconvenient.

To mitigate this, the law of Easton, Pennsylvania usually entitles people being deposed to reimbursement. They can be compensated for travel expenses, lodging, and a can be given a small amount of money simply for their time. However, this is meant to be reimbursement for the time and expense incurred in attending a deposition, and it is most definitely not payment for the witness to provide testimony that's favorable to one side or the other.

In Easton, Pennsylvania depositions, everyone being deposed is under oath. This means that you are legally and morally obligated to answer every question truthfully. If you deliberately misrepresent your knowledge (lie), you are guilty of perjury. And if you're caught, you could end up facing jail time and/or some extremely steep fines.

How Can A Easton, Pennsylvania Lawyer Help?

If you are directly involved in a lawsuit in Easton, Pennsylvania, and have to appear at a deposition, you should already be represented by a lawyer. It goes without saying that you should do whatever they advise you to do throughout the deposition.

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

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Life in Easton

Easton, Pennsylvania is a city in Northampton County. Its population is currently about 27,000 people. It is the county seat of Northampton County.

Easton is very close to the same distance from Philadelphia and New York city, with Philadelphia 60 miles to the south, and New York City about 70 miles to the east. The puts residents of Easton in a position where they have fairly easy access to two iconic American cities.

Easton, Pennsylvania was founded in the 1752, and was named after a town in England of the same name (many English settlements are, for obvious reasons, named after English cities). It proved to be an important military center during the Revolutionary War, and it was one of the first places where the Declaration of Independence was publicly read.

Modernly, Easton is home to the Crayola factory, a major toy manufacturer. Like many cities in the region, Easton, Pennsylvania used to have far more industry than it does now.

If you have a legal problem, there are plenty of Easton, Pennsylvania lawyers who can help you solve it, or at least mitigate it. If you need legal help, you should contact an Easont, Pennsylvania lawyer immediately.

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