Civil Depositions in Corpus Christi, Texas

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Depositions are part of the discovery process in Corpus Christi, Texas civil litigation.

In Corpus Christi, Texas, "discovery" is a time-consuming procedure that occurs before a case goes to trial. In the process, each side of the lawsuit is legally required to disclose all of the relevant information they have in their possession to the other side.

One of the most effective ways to get information relevant to a lawsuit in Corpus Christi, Texas 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 person 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 primarily 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 Corpus Christi, Texas

In Corpus Christi, Texas, 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. Furthermore, 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.

Civil Depositions in Corpus Christi, Texas, can take a very long time to be completed, normally lasting several days, and sometimes going on for weeks. So, people who are called to give depositions in Corpus Christi, Texas should be prepared for some considerable inconvenience.

To mitigate this, the law of Corpus Christi, Texas normally 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 give testimony that's beneficial to one side or the other.

If you are being deposed in Corpus Christi, Texas you absolutely must answer all the questions truthfully and completely, to the best of your knowledge. You are under oath, and if you lie, and are caught, you could be charged with perjury, which can carry jail time.

How Can A Corpus Christi, Texas Lawyer Help?

If you're a party to a Corpus Christi, Texas lawsuit and are required to appear at a deposition, one would hope that you've already retained a lawyer by this stage in the proceedings. Your attorney will have a lot of advice for you, which you should of course follow.

If, on the other hand, you're not directly immersed in the case, but have been subpoenaed to appear in a deposition as a witness in Corpus Christi, Texas, you may not need to hire a lawyer. The lawyers for both sides will probably prep you for the deposition, giving you an idea of what to expect.

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Life in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi rests on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in South Texas. As the seat of Nueces County, Corpus Christi is home to the county offices and courts. The Nueces County Courthouse is home to most county trials but also houses the Texas Thirteenth Court of Appeals and Corpus Christi Municipal Court. Nueces County and the United States Government employ the most employees in Corpus Christi since it's the county seat and there are two large military instillations: the Corpus Christi Army Depot and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. These major military operations also employ over 6,000 civilians. The Port of Corpus Christi is the United States' 6th largest port along the Gulf. Agricultural products and petrochemicals drive the Corpus Christi economy and are the main goods exported from the port.

The City of Corpus Christi is not all commerce. There are a number of outstanding institutions like renown Texas AM University within city limits. Our Lady of Corpus Christi and Del Mar College are also located in town. Notable locals include the inventor of Liquid Paper Bette Nesmith Graham, NASCAR drivers Bobby and Terry Labonte, The Reverend Horton Heat, and Lou Diamond Phillips. If that's not enough proof that Corpus Christi is a great city, check out the local wildlife. Corpus Christi is home to a busy fishing business and marine recreation. The bay's high winds offer excellent kite boarding and wind surfing conditions.

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