Civil Depositions in Jackson, Tennessee

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Depositions are part of the discovery procedure in Jackson, Tennessee civil litigation.

In Jackson, 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 Jackson, 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 Jackson, Tennessee

If the parties believe that a witness in Jackson, Tennessee 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. Furthermore, if they have to be questioned for several days, it is a good way to save the court's time.

So, it shouldn't be startling that civil depositions in Jackson, Tennessee can typically go on for several days. If you are subpoenaed for a deposition in , Tennessee, you are normally obligated to appear. This can be a source of some inconvenience.

Because of this fact, the law in Jackson, Tennessee permits witnesses who are appearing for depositions to be compensated for the expense associated with it. This includes reimbursement for gas, lodging, and food. They can also be paid a certain amount of money for every hour they testify, to compensate them for their time. However, this money can only be conditioned on the witness showing up and giving truthful testimony. Trying to condition it on the witness testifying in a particular way ceases to be compensation, and becomes bribery, which is a crime.

In Jackson, 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 Jackson, Tennessee Lawyer Help?

If you are the defendant or plaintiff in a lawsuit, chances are good that you'll have to appear in a deposition. You should, by this time, already be represented by a Jackson, Tennessee civil litigation attorney. You should do whatever they tell you to do (unless, of course, they tell you to lie, in that case you should find a new lawyer).

If you are not a party to the lawsuit, but are subpoenaed to testify in a deposition, you should at least contact with a Jackson, Tennessee attorney, who can advise you on how to proceed.

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Life in Jackson

Jackson is located in Madison County, Tennessee. Per the 2010 census, it has a population of 65,211 people.

Some interesting facts about Jackson are that the popular Hub City Hurricanes played in Jackson in 2007. From 1990-2011 the city hosted the NAIA Women's Division I National Championship basketball tournament. Also, the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex hosts many tournaments throughout the year; it is a travel baseball and softball complex.

Some famous residents include Carl Perkins, Casey Jones, Lauren Pritchard, Christopher Jones, Gil Scott-Heron, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Jackson is also home to many law offices and firms that train attorneys to practice in all areas of law. Thus, residents do not need to travel far to receive excellent legal services.

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