Litigation Lawyers in Chattanooga
Depositions are part of the discovery procedure in Chattanooga, Tennessee civil litigation.
In Chattanooga, Tennessee, "discovery" is a time-consuming process that happens before a case goes to trial. In the process, each side of the lawsuit is legally obligated to disclose all of the relevant information they have in their possession to the other side.
One way to get this information in Chattanooga, Tennessee is to simply sit down with someone involved in the dispute, or with knowledge of some of the issues, and ask them questions. This can be done through a civil deposition, which is basically a Q&A session between a lawyer, and the person being deposed. A lawyer for the other side will also be present. The person being deposed is answering their questions under oath, just as if they were testifying in court. Because of this, it's important to get their statements on the record. For that purpose, a court reporter or videographer will be present.
Conducting A Civil Deposition in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Depositions in Chattanooga, Tennessee are meant to get verbal testimony on the record and into evidence, when there is concern that the individual being deposed might be unable to show up and testify at trial, or their testimony will take far too long for them to testify at trial.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 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 a Chattanooga, Tennessee civil deposition, this could prove to be incredibly inconvenient.
To help mitigate this inconvenience, Chattanooga, Tennessee authorizes witnesses who are appearing in depositions to be paid a set amount of money for their time, and reimbursed for travel expenses. However, if there is any evidence that this money is being used to influence a witness' testimony, there is going to be a significant problem: this would amount bribery, and it is a serious offense.
In Chattanooga, Tennessee 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 Chattanooga, Tennessee Lawyer Help?
If you are the plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit, you almost definitely already have a Chattanooga, Tennessee 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 Chattanooga, Tennessee, 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.